Connecticut Gun Supplies Running Low as Weapon Sales Soar

As state and federal lawmakers look at new laws to curb gun violence, sales of guns in Connecticut are rising.


Connecticut gun stores sold more than 19,400 firearms last month, an increase of 71 percent from the previous year, and guns are selling so fast in this state that some retailers are reporting dwindling supplies and waiting lists for weapons, according to a report in the Hartford Courant.

The run on guns in this state is following a national trend in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14 that killed 20 young children and 6 women who worked at the school.

Since the shootings the state has established a task force to look into the issue of gun violence and the need for gun control, and President Barack Obama also has appointed a special commission to look into the same issue.

The Newtown massacre and the call for limits on some weapons have have touched off a state and national debate on the need for gun control.

While gun sales are usual higher in December because of the holidays last month's sales were unusually high even for the season. They were up 53 percent over November's sales, compared to the 34 percent increase between November and December of 2011. Sales of assault-style weapons, similar to the weapon used by the gunman in the Newtown attacks, have been particularly brisk nationally, the newspaper states.

Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, along with U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Fifth District, are said to be working together on a bill they want to introduce that would ban such assault weapons, according to another report. 

Joan January 27, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Ed Meyers is a fool. His ridiculous gun control legislation ( no guns over one round) has effectively put an end to his reelection chances.
Mike Atkins January 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM
What kind of people and families are these that need these sort of weapons to protect their families? Maybe instead of buying more guns they should look at themselves in the mirror and ask, what have I done that so many people hate me?
Bill Cash January 28, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Are they buying assault weapons. That's the only thing they are talking about limiting and that probably won't be successful. I suspect the NRA is sending out info telling people to buy weapons now because they won't be albe to get them in the future. Guess who benefits from that. Always follow the money and then you understand what's happening.
TCB January 28, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Wow, you guys need to get a clue. Hey Bill, the NRA isn't sending out any kind of notification; people aren't stupid, they know assault weapons are going to get banned so they're buying them up now while they still can. Mike, really? It has nothing to do with hate, since people are buying these things to protect themselves against people they DON'T know. I'm not a believer in assault weapons for home use, since they certainly aren't practical for that kind of thing. Unless you're holding off an army of flesh eating zombies trying to get into your home..... In any case, I don't know what the best answer is to all of this. People kill people, guns don't kill people. A ban on assault weapons might have reduced the death count in Newtown, but it certainly wouldn't have stopped that guy from doing what he did. A mental competentcy test wouldn't have helped either, apparently his mother owned the guns. If anybody has some ideas that are thought out rather than knee jerk reactions I'd like to hear them
Die Harder January 28, 2013 at 07:14 PM
3000 people were killled by 4 planes. Maybe we should limit how many people should fly in a plane? Or maybe just outlaw planes?


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