Number of Gun-Permit Seekers Surges in Newtown After School Massacre


The number of people seeking permits to buy guns surged in Newtown, Ct., after the December massacre of schoolchildren by a local man, even as the parents of some victims had urged stricter weapons laws nationwide, reports the Wall Street Journal. Through July 24, more than 200 people in Newtown got new local pistol permits, surpassing the 171 last year. The rise in Newtown is consistent with an upswing in gun sales nationwide and in Connecticut, which passed new firearm restrictions after Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people on Dec. 14. “I think people realize that you can’t call the police all the time and expect them to save you,” said Bill Stevens, 48, an avid hunter in Newtown. Others call the surge in guns troubling. “If you look at how many guns the Lanza family had in their home and what that led to, it’s a recipe for disaster,” said Dave Ackert, founder of gun-control advocacy group Newtown Action Alliance.

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