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Gun-grabbers big backfire: Newtown gun sales surge since shooting

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A CNN report shows that Newtown, Connecticut, site of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December, is set to issue double the amount of pistol permits this year as it did in 2012.

Through July 24, more than 200 people in Newtown have received new local pistol permits, surpassing the 171 new permits issued for all of last year, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

CNN’s Poppy Harlow traveled to the the town of 28,000 this week and spoke to one Newtown grandmother named Nancy Ellis, who was about to purchase her first gun, as reported by Mediaite.

“Our rights are being slowly infringed upon,” Ellis told CNN. “In other words, there may come a time when I may never be able to get a firearm.”

In the aftermath of the shooting, Connecticut, which has the toughest gun laws in the nation, expanded its ban on guns that it defines as assault weapons by adding more than 100 models to the list, including the AR-15 rifle, the model used in the attack, according to the Journal report.

On the other side, some think gun ownership is getting “out of hand,” as the CNN report details.

Others say it will not solve the problem. Gilles Rousseau, whose daughter was killed in the attack said of the increase in gun sales, “It makes me sad to think that people will–they feel that they’re protecting themselves, but they’re just adding to the problem.”

Tom Tillison


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