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  •  I lived in Woodbury many years ago and (2+ / 0-)
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    am truly shocked; thanks for the link.

    Connecticut's Gun Valley

    He pointed to numbers that show just 170,000 people in the state of 3.7 million have pistol permits, though the number of gun owners here is likely much higher.

    But that demand was on the rise even before the Sandy Hook shooting, said Robert Crook, director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, a lobbying group. He said pistol permits have increased from 150,000 in five years, likely out of a desire for protection after a string of troubling home invasions. And the trend could continue, he says.

    "The gun stores are almost empty; there are lines going into them," said Crook, whose job includes talking to gun shop owners about their experiences. "If that's an indication of the gun culture, it's overwhelming."

    Yet the state that produces and sells so many guns is also considered by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to be the country's fifth-strictest when it comes to gun laws. Thirty-five automatic and semi-automatic rifles are prohibited as part of the state’s landmark 1993 ban on assault-style weapons, yet there are 8,825 people with such weapons that were registered before the ban. Countless others’ rifles narrowly pass muster because they lack certain cosmetic features, such as collapsible stocks or bayonet mounts.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 09:05:29 AM PST

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