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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 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 usually higher in December, last month's sales were unusually high even for the holiday 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 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. 

Paul Bahre January 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Hey Commie Law Makers of the People's Republik of CT take notice we are armed and we are watching and just because you red idiots pass laws does not mean these will ever be surrendered. You Communist Democrats my pass laws and steal elections and do all manner of ill against the people, but you will never take our guns so F U all you democrats that think your are going to take our guns, I say come and try.
Fred January 25, 2013 at 02:59 PM
We have heard much about the easy access to semi-automatic rifles with high-capacity ammunition drums, but hardly a whisper about the connection between mass murders or suicidal behavior and antidepressants. Reasons for the near silence on this topic can possibly be attributed to three major factors: first, the privacy or HIPAA laws about disclosing the medical history of suspects, secondly, that pharmaceutical companies are a major advertiser and thus indispensible to the corporate media and lastly, the conflict of interests created by the FDA’s dependence on their money.

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