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CT: Gun Sales Rise After Cheshire Home Invasion
WFSB-TV (Connecticut) ^ | 7/26/07 | n/a

Posted on 07/27/2007 9:30:36 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim

NEWINGTON, Conn. -- State gun sales have shot up in the days after the wife and two daughters of a prominent Connecticut physician were killed, according to a local gun shop owner.

Scott Hoffman runs Hoffman's Gun Center on the Berlin Turnpike. In the past few days, following the triple homicide in Cheshire, Hoffman said that people have been rushing to his store to buy guns for themselves and their homes.

"They're scared," he said. "They're scared for their own personal safety and their family's safety, their children's safety and they want a way to protect themselves."

Hoffman said that the most popular weapon for both men and women looking to defend themselves is a defense-grade shotgun. Hoffman credited the gun's popularity to the short waiting period -- it can be obtained in two weeks as opposed to waiting 90 days for a pistol permit.

"We sell about 8,000 guns a year, and I'd say a majority of them are for self-defense," he said.

Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Jessica Schneider reported that residents questioning their sense of safety following the home invasion have also been calling companies that install security systems.

Joe Mitchell of Associated Security Corp. said his company's phones have been ringing off the hook.

"I had 15 phone calls on my phone by 9:30 in the morning," he said.

He said that security systems aren't meant to protect valuables anymore, that many people use them to protect their lives.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: armedcitizen; banglist; cheshire; chesire; crime; mossberg; murder; secondammendment; shotguns; winchester
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1 posted on 07/27/2007 9:30:40 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim
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To: kiriath_jearim

Who were the invaders?


2 posted on 07/27/2007 9:32:22 AM PDT by cardinal4
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To: kiriath_jearim
it can be obtained in two weeks as opposed to waiting 90 days for a pistol permit.

How's it feel sheeple?

3 posted on 07/27/2007 9:32:58 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: kiriath_jearim

But, but, at least one MSM morning show told me to buy some cactus plants and place them by the window!


4 posted on 07/27/2007 9:33:43 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: kiriath_jearim
You can buy guns in Connecticut? Geeze,here in the Gay State it takes six months to get a permit to possess a spitball.
5 posted on 07/27/2007 9:34:43 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: kiriath_jearim

An armed society is a polite society.


6 posted on 07/27/2007 9:35:04 AM PDT by Hornet19 (It's Time to Put Up or Shut Up...Where Do You Stand?)
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To: kiriath_jearim
Hoffman said that the most popular weapon for both men and women looking to defend themselves is a defense-grade shotgun. Hoffman credited the gun's popularity to the short waiting period -- it can be obtained in two weeks as opposed to waiting 90 days for a pistol permit.

90 days for a pistol permit? Even California is better than this.

Maybe some of these liberals buying guns will reconsider their support for waiting periods (like what happened in CA during the '92 Rodney King riots). When the stuff hit the fan there, people (liberals) were incensed about not being able to immediately acquire self-defense firearms.

All the conservatives already had theirs. :^)

7 posted on 07/27/2007 9:36:18 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: kiriath_jearim
rushing to his store to buy guns for themselves and their homes.

Actually, they went to shop.

In Conneticut, you can't really buy the gun until a bureaucrat approves your purchase, well after the impulse to buy has blown over.

Fortunately, the CT state legislature will be loaning their protection details to concerned citizens to cover the waiting period. /s/

8 posted on 07/27/2007 9:38:20 AM PDT by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: cardinal4

See here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1871401/posts


9 posted on 07/27/2007 9:40:18 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim
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To: kiriath_jearim
"They're scared for their own personal safety and their family's safety, their children's safety and they want a way to protect themselves."

C'mon, that's what the POLICE are for. Just dial 911.

Interesting that it takes a crime of this magnitude for people to notice the 2nd Amendment isn't about hunting.

10 posted on 07/27/2007 9:42:14 AM PDT by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: xsrdx; All

(sarcasm on)

In response to the statement 9-1-1 takes to long, Connecticut’s elected officials passed a “you must wait, time out” law.

This law requires all home invaders to wait for the police to arrive following the home owners declaration that they have called 9-1-1. Home invaders who fail to wait will be guilty of a second degree misdemenor.

State Representatve Stuckee Onstupid said, “this eliminates the excuse that 911 takes too long to respond. Criminals will now be obligated to wait for the police once 911 is alerted.”

(sarcasm off)


11 posted on 07/27/2007 9:48:54 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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Something about liberals getting mugged comes to mind here...


12 posted on 07/27/2007 9:49:23 AM PDT by polymuser (There is one war and one enemy.)
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To: Disambiguator
90 days for a pistol permit? Even California is better than this.

Actually, it's not as bad as that. I got mine in about 2-3 weeks, IIRC. Granted, it's still longer than it ever should be, but I think 90 days is the maximum amount of time that the state has to approve the locally approved permit.

13 posted on 07/27/2007 9:50:35 AM PDT by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: longtermmemmory

As a Connecticut residence, I half believed this post


14 posted on 07/27/2007 9:57:48 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: 1rudeboy

While visiting my doctor the other day he told me he wanted to get a gun and he said when he got that gun it would be unloaded, put in a locked box on a top shelf in his closet to placate his wife. I then asked him what he would do when a male my size (larger than he) came in the front door and grabbed him by his neck. He said he hadn’t thought that one out. Scary.


16 posted on 07/27/2007 9:58:12 AM PDT by Plains Drifter (If guns kill people, wouldn't there be a lot of dead people at gun shows?)
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To: cardinal4

Here are the perps...scroll down for their pictures. http://www.wtnh.com/Global/story.asp?S=6842222&nav=menu29_2


17 posted on 07/27/2007 9:59:13 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Plains Drifter

He still deserves some credit, though. As well as you should, for pointing-out what we know to be obvious.


18 posted on 07/27/2007 10:00:22 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: kiriath_jearim

The only surprise I find in this article is that you can still buy guns in CT.....


19 posted on 07/27/2007 10:00:27 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: kiriath_jearim
Scott Hoffman runs Hoffman's Gun Center

I love their motto. "Guns for the good guys"

http://www.hoffgun.com/

20 posted on 07/27/2007 10:02:44 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Plains Drifter

Its all about training.

It is not enough to decide you want own a gun for defense, you have to decide you want to KNOW HOW TO USE a gun for defense.

It is a product of the media disinformation that guns have the magical talisman ability to kill.


22 posted on 07/27/2007 10:06:08 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: kiriath_jearim
a defense-grade shotgun. Hoffman credited the gun's popularity to the short waiting period -- it can be obtained in two weeks

Is that because there is a waiting period for shotguns or because he doesn't have enough in stock and has to order them?

23 posted on 07/27/2007 10:09:05 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (If your cat was big enough it would probably eat you)
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To: kiriath_jearim

“CT: Gun Sales Rise After Cheshire Home Invasion”

Why don’t they just let the cops protect them? Oh, wait...


24 posted on 07/27/2007 10:09:32 AM PDT by Hacklehead (God, Guns, Guts and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Made America Great)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Some scumbag decided to litter the neighborhood with ADT security systems advertising signs. That’s lousy and sleazy.


25 posted on 07/27/2007 10:10:25 AM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: Badeye
The only surprise I find in this article is that you can still buy guns in CT.....

The state has the death penalty, too, and have actually used in in the last few years.

26 posted on 07/27/2007 10:14:07 AM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: Clam Digger

The only surprise I find in this article is that you can still buy guns in CT.....
The state has the death penalty, too, and have actually used in in the last few years.

Guess that makes Letterman a complete hypocrit, eh?


27 posted on 07/27/2007 10:15:37 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Badeye

How’s that? Sorry, I don’t get it.


28 posted on 07/27/2007 10:17:30 AM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: Clam Digger

Letterman lives in CT, gets a speeding ticket driving back and forth to NYC on a regular basis. He’s completely anti gun, and anti death penalty.

He could live anywhere...but he choose a state that still allows guns, and allows for the death penalty.


29 posted on 07/27/2007 10:20:56 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: kiriath_jearim
....is a defense-grade shotgun. Hoffman credited the gun's popularity to the short waiting period -- it can be obtained in two weeks as opposed to waiting 90 days for a pistol permit.

???
This doesn't make sense.... Is Connecticut truly that lame?

30 posted on 07/27/2007 10:21:04 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Badeye

Thanks for the explanation. All liberals are hypocrites.


31 posted on 07/27/2007 10:22:30 AM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: kiriath_jearim

I don’t think they are scared. An arrest was made. They are now prepared.


32 posted on 07/27/2007 10:23:14 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: kiriath_jearim

33 posted on 07/27/2007 10:23:44 AM PDT by Gritty (Most people are in "Condition White", simply unaware of what is going on around them-Frank Borelli)
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To: Clam Digger

No problemo, and yes, yes they are.


34 posted on 07/27/2007 10:24:15 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Disambiguator

Here in Pennsylvania, we can go buy a gun, walk out of the store with it, stop by the courthouse for a concealed carry permit, and then drive home with the gun in the glove box. It’s not Vermont, but it’s as close as it gets.


35 posted on 07/27/2007 10:24:23 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Badeye

Letterman also has a summer place in Choteau, Montana. It’s in the western part of the state. He also gets speeding tickets here. This is a pro gun state also.


36 posted on 07/27/2007 10:26:48 AM PDT by Plains Drifter (If guns kill people, wouldn't there be a lot of dead people at gun shows?)
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To: kiriath_jearim
Every home needs on of these:

Training required


37 posted on 07/27/2007 10:28:34 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Is that because there is a waiting period for shotguns or because he doesn't have enough in stock and has to order them?

Not from the area but I'm thinking waiting period. Sounds like handguns are 90 days and shotgun/rifles are two weeks there.

I love Idaho. Walk in the store with cash and walk out with gun.

38 posted on 07/27/2007 10:33:44 AM PDT by Domandred (Eagles soar, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Since when is a permit required in CT to own / buy a pistol? If true glad I moved out 12 years ago.
39 posted on 07/27/2007 10:43:40 AM PDT by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: Disambiguator

I live 10 minutes away from where these poor people died.

Consider the scenario of confronting an intruder bent on rape and murder:

In Ct., gun owners are liable for accidental shootings so a law abiding citizen would lock the gun and ammunition up. So in the middle of the night, you have to get to the gun, unlock the safe and load the gun before the killer brains you.

The sad part of this story is the mother should have stayed at the bank as the only option of getting her kids and herself out alive. Her decision was to submit to the killers threats and remain loyal to her kids. This was a tragic mistake.


40 posted on 07/27/2007 10:44:58 AM PDT by y6162
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To: kiriath_jearim
NEWINGTON, Conn. -- State gun sales have shot up in the days after the wife and two daughters of a prominent Connecticut physician were killed, according to a local gun shop owner.

I guess the sheeple who are now doing the buying didn't think anything bad could happen in the Peoples' Democracy of CT. Evil goes wherever it wants, and THE POLICE WILL NOT do a damn thing to protect you. Their job is to raise traffic revenue and arrest criminals AFTER THE FACT (if they can find them)

Hoffman said that the most popular weapon for both men and women looking to defend themselves is a defense-grade shotgun. Hoffman credited the gun's popularity to the short waiting period -- it can be obtained in two weeks as opposed to waiting 90 days for a pistol permit.

What is the waiting period in CT for home invasions? Do the criminals have to wait two weeks after first checking with the owner? 90 Days if they're going to murder one or more people?

I'm going to do a little gloating here and point out one of the many diffrences between the police state of CT and ga. Last time I purchased a handgun (H&K USP .40) I went to the gun shop plunked down the money, underwent the unconstitutional instant background check and walked out 10 minutes later with the gun. I did have to wait when I bought my UZI - about two and a half months.

41 posted on 07/27/2007 10:45:22 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government, Benito Guilinni a short man in search of a balcony)
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To: xsrdx
C'mon, that's what the POLICE are for. Just dial 911.

So what if it literally takes the rest of your life for them to respond. </sarcasm>

42 posted on 07/27/2007 10:48:12 AM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: XeniaSt

That’s what I got..8 shot 12g Winchester..pistol grip..

Not accurate but very loud...


43 posted on 07/27/2007 10:49:29 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Puppage
Here are the perps...

Thanks for the link. Since I first heard about this, I wondered who the scumbags are.

From the article...

Now, the state's parole board is conducting a review to see if the system somehow failed.

Duh!!! Yathink?

44 posted on 07/27/2007 10:51:06 AM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: Lancey Howard

NH is closer than PA to VT. Buy HG, background check, state does it, load it and carry home in the open. Need a permit to carry concealed.


45 posted on 07/27/2007 10:53:51 AM PDT by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: Lancey Howard
Is Connecticut truly that lame?

Yes.

46 posted on 07/27/2007 10:54:01 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government, Benito Guilinni a short man in search of a balcony)
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To: from occupied ga
The 90 days is the time it takes to get a carry permit if you don’t have one. It isn’t the time it takes to get a purchase approved if you have a permit.
47 posted on 07/27/2007 10:54:33 AM PDT by mcashman
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To: Plains Drifter

Know what you call an unloaded pistol? A hammer.


48 posted on 07/27/2007 10:55:19 AM PDT by Hornet19 (It's Time to Put Up or Shut Up...Where Do You Stand?)
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To: Disambiguator

Debbie Schuessel (sp?) says that her father said that during the Detroit Riots in 1967, the Jews bought guns, the White Goyim bought ammunition.


49 posted on 07/27/2007 10:56:02 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Bestowing kindness on the evil visits cruelty on the good.)
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To: XeniaSt

>> Every home needs on of these:

Mossie, ol’ friend! The Tick home has a Mossberg combat shotgun... regular stock, and the longer-barrel version.

I’m not a weapons expert by any stretch. But it seems that the barrel-length tradeoff is magazine capacity vs. maneuverability inside a building.

Do you recommend the pistol grip? I thought about maybe getting another mossie equipped like you show... how hard would that be for a non-hardcore “user” like myself to handle and shoot?


50 posted on 07/27/2007 10:56:23 AM PDT by Nervous Tick
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