Second Amendment

Pistol Permit Applications Soar in Connecticut Town Known for School Shooting

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Newtown gun permits
Wall Street Journal

In the wake of the bloody shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the media had a tendency to portray residents of the town as unified in their support for tighter gun restrictions. In January, the AP reported, "[r]esidents from Newtown, Conn., are joining a march on Washington for gun control." April brought a WTNH story that "residents of Newtown…are pushing on to make sure votes on an assault weapons ban and a ban on high capacity ammunition magazines comes before the Senate." But the town's residents have always been like people everywhere — diverse in their viewponts and divided over the proper reaction to the mass murder committed by Adam Lanza. Now, as noted at Reason 24/7,we learn that applications for pistol permits are surging among Newtown residents.

At the Wall Street Journal, Joseph de Avila and Alison Fox write:

NEWTOWN, Conn.—The number of people seeking permits to buy guns has surged in this town following the December massacre of schoolchildren by a local man, even as the parents of some victims had urged stricter weapons laws nationwide.

Through July 24, more than 200 people in Newtown have received new local pistol permits, according to a review of local records, surpassing the 171 new permits issued for all of last year. Such permits are prerequisites for Connecticut permits that allow people to purchase and carry pistols as well as rifles or shotguns.

Newtown residents have never spoken in unison when it comes to preferred policy responses to the school shooting. Mark Mattioli, father of a child killed at Sandy Hook, publicly opposed gun restrictions. But his opposition to restrictive laws was given so little coverage that some columnists wondered if he was being deliberately excluded from news stories because of his against-the-current views.

The Journal story confirms that Mattioili is by no means alone. While it quotes people on both sides of the gun issue, it varies from earlier coverage simply by letting 48-year-old resident Bill Stevens, say, "I think people realize that you can't call the police all the time and expect them to save you. It's sinking in to some folks that 'I need to take responsibility for keeping my family safe.' "

Gun sales throughout Connecticut are on track to surpass last year's sales by October. That tracks with the national spike in gun sales as Americans rushed to beat proposed gun restrictions touted by the president and members of Congress. Restrictive gun bills failed at the federal level, and sales seem to be settling down in response. But Connecticut lawmakers did jam through new restrictions on their constituents on an emergency basis, which began kicking in at the beginning of July. Residents of the state have plenty of reason to continue their buying frenzy to beat the new rules.

Despite media claims to the contrary, Newtown residents are as divided as other dwellers in the Nutmeg state. Those who disagree with the rush to restrictions are helping to drive the surge in gun sales, and applications for pistol permits.

Of course, even after the new restrictions are in place, history suggests that they'll be most effective at breeding defiance and a black marget for guns,

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  1. OT: Just heard from Ms. Bandit who is traveling today. She is at DIA and the only security procedure was a “Domesticated Olfactory Good-Cause” officer. She was not required to remove the laptop, no shoes were taken off, and the RapeScan 2000 was not used…only a metal detector.

    I am literally fucking stunned!

    1. Yeah? What did she have to do to the dog?

    2. My family had the same experience when we went to Disney World recently. It was the same dog and pony show leaving from Austin, but we flew back out of Tampa (an international airport). The dogs were there, but we didn’t have to take off our shoes, remove ANYTHING from our carry-ons, or use the “RapeScan200.”

      It was nice, easy, and civilized…

      …until we got home and discovered that TSA had stolen some stuff from our bags (obviously searched, but with no TSA search tag). Sigh.

      1. yours was only the 200…one time at band camp i had the rapescan2000000

      2. At this point I am willing to accept a “D.O.G” only as a significant improvement

    3. I had a similar experience at McCarran airport in Vegas. The guys were walking along the security line talking to people; quite obviously, to me, trolling for suspicious people, but in a friendly way. They pulled a couple of people aside to be rapescanned, but by and large most people didn’t have to take off their shoes. Which really sucked, cause I wore shoes that were easy to take off/put on specifically for that reason.

  2. OMG! I suggest that these Newtown residents speak with Newtown residents to learn the horrors of guns.

  3. Are there any data on what percentage of people who want “gun control” own firearms *themselves*?

    Perhaps there’s a bit of the “*my* congresscreature is OK, but everyone else’s is ruining the country” going on.

    1. I retract this poor “analogy”.

      It’s more like “I can trust myself with a firearm, but not you”.

      1. I hear more arguments along the line of “I don’t trust myself with a firearm, so you shouldn’t have one”. Has this group been quieted of late?

  4. I posted an article from SCOTUSblog.com a few days ago about the NRA lawsuit against the current restrictions on 18-20 year olds buying handguns from federally licensed dealers. Since then the NRA’s petition to the 5th Circuit has been made available here:

    http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/…..13-137.pdf

    1. Correction: the petition is to the SCOTUS seeking reversal of a decision of the 5th Circuit.

  5. Newtown residents finally reveal themselves as ARCH RACISTS!!!!

    Didn’t they learn anything from St. Trayvonia?

  6. people seeking permits to buy guns

    All rights are granted by the State.

    1. Before the new rules, you didn’t need permission in CT to buy any guns, just a permit if you wanted to carry concealed. CT went from being relatively good on guns (for the region) to incredibly shitty with the passage of those laws. Disgusting.

      1. The laws vary state to state.

        In NC you’re supposed to obtain a pistol purchase permit to buy a pistol from a private citizen. Most people just buy/sell their guns after calling the sheriff to make sure it wasn’t stolen though, and go through the permit bullshit to buy from a FFL dealer.

        The permit application in itself is a joke, and mostly consists of “Are you a felon? If not, give us 2 weeks and come get your permit.”

        More of a PITA than anything.

        1. Oh, and I think you can get something like 5 permits at a time, which is oddly convenient (on that aspect of it.)

          1. Wait… one permit doesn’t allow for all you can afford purchasing? What spore of madness is this?

  7. Dear whoever-has-lost-a-loved-one-to-guns, sorry for your loss, but now it’s time to STFU. Your “vote” is equal to mine.

    1. The only Mr. Has-lost-a-loved-one-to-guns I’ve ever met was in favor of more armed citizens, and I don’t have any evidence that the loss makes anyone more prone to be anti-gun than the general population.

      This is not a refutation of the rest of your statement, just an observation that there does not appear to be a unified class of people who can be categorized beyond the loss element itself.

      1. True, merely a commentary about how experiencing a signficant event does not make one’s opinion any more important than someone who does not have an emotional anecdote to wield. Also, to the politicians who trot them out and remind us that they (or more commonly, the deceased loved ones) have a “vote” too. Because you know, everybody knows the dead are gun-grabbers who would tip the public opinion in the RIGHT direction.

  8. It seems pretty logical that Newtown residents would want to outlaw guns across the country in the wake of the school shooting in their town. If everywhere has outlawed guns, why would people need to target the gun-free zones around schools?

  9. Are there any data on what percentage of people who want “gun control” own firearms *themselves*?

    The Bozeman Daily Chronicle published a guest editorial the other day by some lifelong hunter and gun enthusiast pleading with Senator Baucus to vote for sensible universal background checks. It was full to the brim with the same old tedious nonsense and outright lies pushed by the Bloomberg/Gifford alliance about the vast number of unreported and unregulated sales to criminals and terrorists occurring daily.

    Bodies piled high! Blood in the streets! CHILLDRINZ!

    1. some lifelong hunter and gun enthusiast pleading with Senator Baucus to vote for sensible universal background checks

      Then surely he won’t mind if TPTB — sensibly — search his house.

    2. Yeah, it’s a funny thing. Every anti-gun guest editorial or letter to the editor that I see is from a firm supporter of the Second Amendment, a lifelong hunter, member of the NRA, or even has a CCW.

      1. And then they start talking further and it’s obvious the only gun they’ve ever handled was a Super Soaker.

  10. Newtown residents have never spoken in unison when it comes to preferred policy responses to the school shooting. Mark Mattioli, father of a child killed at Sandy Hook, publicly opposed gun restrictions. But his opposition to restrictive laws was given so little coverage that some columnists wondered if he was being deliberately excluded from news stories because of his against-the-current views.

    Noooooo….surely you joke.

  11. his opposition to restrictive laws was given so little coverage that some columnists wondered if he was being deliberately excluded

    Imposserous!

    1. The wrapped him up in celephant.

  12. that some columnists wondered if he was being deliberately excluded

    Well, come on Brooks, this leaves the door open.

    The rest of the columnists knew he was being excluded.

  13. Gun-grabbers see 203 people biding their time until they can become an Adam Lanza copy cat.

  14. So what’s your thoughts about metal detectors in schools? I know they aren’t the solution to all our problems but do you think they could help?
    School metal detectors might help

    1. Well, if they save one life…….

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