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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, with gun advocates complaining any limits would be an infringement of constitutional rights.

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 gun Adam Lanza used when 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 today that would ban such assault weapons, according to another report. 

Sam January 26, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Maria maybe we should outlaw rope & razor blades if you are worried about people who commit suicide. I think if you do some of your "quick research" you will find there are more suicides by hanging and sliced wrists than by guns. You are "so full of crap" with your all or nothing comments Maria, How can you say we are all NRA followers wanting "all or nothing" ? First "I am not" a NRA follower (as I said before) I am a "responsible" and "legal" and "registered" gun owner who does not want some "bleeding heart liberal" socialist thinking person like yourself altering "any" my constitutional rights. Guns are already strictly regulated in Connecticut and in the majority of states, no one is asking for less regulation, most of us just believe that you liberals are trying to penalize the wrong people so you will feel good. That is why we are against more gun regulation. Making more laws to restrict legal law abiding gun owners is not the answer. Enforcing the laws we already have is. You want to do something Maria then bring back the death penalty in Ct and repeal the early realease programs that your bleeding heart liberal polititions passed into law. The real shame here is that your liberal polititions have jumped on this band wagon at the expense of these poor little kids who were killed to futher their political careers knowinf full well that more gun control will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the insane.That is sad.
Kaptainsteve January 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Maria says; "There is evidence that some attempted suicides take place five minutes or less after a young adult contemplates taking his own life. So what? What a breakthrough! What a revelation! What a discovery! Then it's followed with this gem "Based on this evidence, scientists conclude that if there were no gun handy, the individual would not attempt to take his own life." Again, just a knockout bit of information. Maria, don't talk about your mysterious "evidence" and "scientists" without a source because otherwise it's just YOUR speculation thinly guised as some vague evidence. Finally, I don't care what you wrote or believe about gun restrictions and that was the thesis of my post above (if you bothered to read or understand it). Your opinion or the governments opinions on anything do not constitute any authority to take away any other individuals natural rights, period. This is exactly the very thing our government was established to do, protect individual natural rights from encroachment by a tyrannical majority, a tyrannical minority or anyone or anything. The very purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to protect us from opinions like yours. The very purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to protect us from a government that wants to take away the 2nd Amendment. The very purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to protect an individuals natural right to be free from the mis-guided whims of government and people like you.
Maria Giannuzzi January 27, 2013 at 10:39 AM
The scientist was discussing the suicide studies on Friday's news on National Public Radio. Perhaps you should actually consider what they have said before automatically denouncing their evidence and conclusions. It's pretty obvious from some of these comments that the authors' real objection is not to gun restrictions, but to liberals. Perhaps we should all drop the labels and focus on the substance of an issue.
Kaptainsteve January 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM
@Maria, You present things as "scientific" and "research" yet confess that these facts are nothing more than hearsay of something you've allegedly heard on NPR!? You offer no names or institutes or links to establish credibility. Ok. I like those standards. So, here's something I heard on NPR from a scientist, he said "everything Maria says is 99.44% wrong." Remember, I heard this on NPR from a scientist and therefore it is FACT. Maria complains that "It's pretty obvious from some of these comments that the authors' real objection is not to gun restrictions, but to liberals. Perhaps we should all drop the labels and focus on the substance of an issue." As in President Soetoro's (very likely Obama's LEGAL name) own words, "let me be clear," my objections are to all gun restrictions ("shall not be infringed"), liberals, republicans or anyone, like yourself, who is a statist - and that's a label that I will not drop. You see, 99.44% of all liberals, democrats and republicans are statists who believe that government has no borders, no limits, and that my dear friend, is a very dangerous ideology that paves the way to disaster and human rights violations. It's pretty obvious from your comments (my research from Patch, not NPR) that you are a statist who does not believe in an individuals inalienable rights to be free and this is why I refuse to drop any labels that are used accurately and descriptively because they focus precisely on the substance of the issues at hand.
Kaptainsteve January 27, 2013 at 07:07 PM
"Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects,their centralization, their tariffs, their government schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their regulations, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations!And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society,may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty" ~Frédéric Bastiat

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