Newtown, CT gun permit applications double after shooting

Article Highlights

  • Permit applications more than double after shooting
  • Town received nearly 80 permits in 3 months, beating average
  • Police say residents fear Washington and/or state gun grab

In news that you probably will not hear on your nightly telecast, the Newtown, CT police department said that since the December 14th school shooting, they have received well over double the applications for gun permits compared to the same time period in previous years.

Police say the cause is primarily due to a fear that the government will take away city resident’s right to own firearms.

“A good percentage of people are making it clear they think their rights are going to be taken away,” said Robert Berkins, records manager for Newtown police.

Yearly, Newtown issues about 130 gun permits.  Thus far, the city of about 27,000 residents has received nearly 80 permit requests through the first three months of the year, a pace that is sure to shatter the city’s average.  It is unclear how many permits the city has actually issued.