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Guns outnumber people in some CT towns
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Posted on 06/28/2013 1:17:45 PM PDT by matt04

In more than a dozen Connecticut towns, guns outnumber people and the number of legally registered guns is on the rise.

John Mullins is a gun owner and shot his first gun at 5 years old. He started with BB guns and owned a shotgun by age 14.

There are three people that live in Mullins' house, but there are also four guns.

"I'm looking to buy another one for the upcoming hunting season," Mullins said.

Residents like Mullins are contributing to the increase of legally registered guns. In 2011, the town population was 7,300 while the number of guns was more than 9,400.

First Selectwoman Joyce Okonuk has paid attention to the recent rise.

"It's a steady rise in the past two years," Okonuk said. "So it's gotten even more extreme at this point."

Okonuk said in recent months, especially after the Newtown shooting, she saw a dramatic increase in registration applications.

"It has probably tripled, many quadrupled since that time period," Okonuk said.

The towns with guns outnumbering residents also includes Chaplin, Colebrook, Eastford, Goshen, Hampton, Harwinton, Lyme, Norfolk, Roxbury, Salem, Union and Voluntown.

Okonuk said in a town like Lebanon, most people collect weapons and a lot of people are gun collectors.

Scott Lawlor from the Criminal Division of the State's Office of Policy and Management said he expects to see the numbers rise as more law abiding gun owners take measures to stay within the law, especially since the state's gun law passed.

"We're definitely going to see a lot more people who themselves get a license or credential," Lawlor said. "We'll see a lot more firearms enter our database.

Although the small town numbers are large, officials said it is not necessarily an indication of increased violence.

(Excerpt) Read more at wfsb.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; guns; secondamendment; youwillnotdisarmus
Despite living in CT, I am not a lawyer and don't understand all the intricacies of the unconstitutional new law passed. However, it is my understanding that only "assault weapons" will have to be registered. Rifles, shotguns and pistols will only require a permit to buy/carry.

Is this just shoddy reporting or am I missing something?

1 posted on 06/28/2013 1:17:45 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

Heck, that’s nothing to brag about. In my rural West Virginia town, I bet guns outnumber trees....


2 posted on 06/28/2013 1:19:42 PM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar

And in a lot of lakes, after the recent boating accidents, guns outnumber fish.


3 posted on 06/28/2013 1:21:28 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: matt04

Every one of those towns has a very low crime rate (I lived in Hampton for a year). They are mostly rural, so a gun is used as a tool as well as self defense. You may as well ask if someone has a chain saw or socket set.


4 posted on 06/28/2013 1:25:02 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: matt04

If I were a gun nut, I’d have enough to arm my subdivision


5 posted on 06/28/2013 1:26:23 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: matt04

Only in “some” Connecticut towns? There really is a problem here.

Every household should have:

For every adult:
1 .45ACP combat pistol
1 .308 battle rifle
1 12ga shotgun

For every child over the age of ten:
1 .22LR rifle
1 .22LR pistol
1 .410 shotgun

Plus whatever hobby and collectible firearms they might find useful - hunting guns, target guns, etc.


6 posted on 06/28/2013 1:26:49 PM PDT by jdege
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To: matt04

There is no such thing as an Assault weapon.
How does one define it?
Cain Killed Abel with what? a rock or a stick?
Samson killed a thousand men with the with the jawbone of an ass.
Ban Asses!


7 posted on 06/28/2013 1:27:29 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: matt04

If you ask me WHY DOES THE MEDIA KNOW THIS ??!!


8 posted on 06/28/2013 1:32:43 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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...the town population was 7,300 while the number of guns was more than 9,400

The only guns that are currently required to be registered in CT are handguns. So HANDGUNS outnumber the population. If the govt only knew what the long gun count was to go along with that they'd pee themselves.

9 posted on 06/28/2013 1:44:43 PM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: matt04

In more than a dozen Connecticut towns,guns outnumber people and the number of legally registered guns is on the rise.

Y’all be good subjects and tell who’s got em.


10 posted on 06/28/2013 1:45:41 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: matt04

Sounds like a place where I would love to live......if it wasn’t in CT.


11 posted on 06/28/2013 1:46:11 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Pollster1

LOL!


12 posted on 06/28/2013 1:47:16 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: jdege

instead of the .410, I’d recommend a 20 gauge...

I’ve tried shooting clays with a .410, couldn’t hit a one (I was used to a 12 gauge).

The 20 doesn’t have that much more kick than the .410, and has more “intruder knockdown” capability, and can be used by the females in the family regardless of age (over 10, as you suggest).


13 posted on 06/28/2013 1:49:29 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: George from New England

Why,because its Channel 3

The same station that has the “On Your Side” spot.Where if you see something in your town you don’t like,legal or not,they will send their team of ass holes over to investigate.In other words come on your property stick a mic in your face and attempt to piss you off
It is a station imbeded with homosexuals and screaming liberals.

The only decent guy they ever had was Al Terzi and he bailed a while back.


14 posted on 06/28/2013 1:50:06 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: apillar

In any gun owning household, the # of guns SHOULD outnumber the number of people.


15 posted on 06/28/2013 1:50:07 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Gaffer

Why do you have to be a nut? Also tell the Ct. goverment that all the none registered guns are legal too. They can pack sand.


16 posted on 06/28/2013 1:52:01 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: matt04
Is this just shoddy reporting or am I missing something?

If the topic is firearms or the Second Amendment and the publication is a U.S. "news" paper or television station, the odds are extremely high the reporting isn't shoddy, but flagrantly biased.

Blind hatred never sees very far ahead.

17 posted on 06/28/2013 1:54:55 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Pollster1

Don’t forget those pesky unmarked mine shafts in the dessert! If I could only find it again I could maybe recover all my guns and ammo that fell in.


18 posted on 06/28/2013 1:58:02 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: MrB
"In any gun owning household, the # of guns SHOULD outnumber (at least 2x) the number of people."

Long gunz vs. hand gunz.

19 posted on 06/28/2013 1:58:20 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: MrB

I concur.


20 posted on 06/28/2013 2:02:30 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: matt04
What the Lame Stream Media's dares not print at the risk of undermining their Liberal agenda: the Newtown Police Department is heavily back-logged with with pistol permit applications.
21 posted on 06/28/2013 2:09:27 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: matt04

Yes. As it stands now, you only need a permit to purchase a handgun. You can buy long guns w/o a permit, but you’ll have to wait the 2 weeks for a background check before you can take it home. If you have a permit, you can leave with it right then. The ridiculous laws will change that.


22 posted on 06/28/2013 2:10:43 PM 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: USCG SimTech

Question about CT law. ATF says you can build you own non-transferable pistol and or rifle. There is no serial number requirement. So is it illegal to own an non-serial numbered pistol in CT?


23 posted on 06/28/2013 2:10:47 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: George from New England

Good question. Who gave them this information and why? Sounds like a law was broke to me.


24 posted on 06/28/2013 2:11:21 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: mylife

Agreed. Assault is an action, not a device. If I remove the body on my Volkswagen and put a Corvette body on it.......do I have a corvette or a Volkswagen? Stops liberals in their tracks.


25 posted on 06/28/2013 2:13:07 PM 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: matt04

Up here guns outnumber revenooers`s sweat drops.


26 posted on 06/28/2013 2:18:30 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: matt04

Since Liberals blame Guns instead of the Criminals who use them while committing a crime, how can there be more Guns than People?

By now the Gun Majority would have shot and killed the People Minority according to Liberal Logic. Yes, I know Liberals have no idea what Logic is.


27 posted on 06/28/2013 2:22:22 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (They can follow the Communist, I'll follow the Constitution...)
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To: matt04

Welcome to Alaska....


28 posted on 06/28/2013 2:29:28 PM PDT by vpintheak (We are the the God blessed chosen few! Be thankful for it!)
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To: mylife

Banning the “asses” would solve a lot of our problems.


29 posted on 06/28/2013 2:44:50 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: Paladin2
"In any gun owning household, the # of guns SHOULD outnumber (at least 2x) the number of people."

Well, in my two person household, I'd say the ratio is around 12 per person.

Of course, that's just because my wife doesn't shoot, or I'm sure it would be more.

30 posted on 06/28/2013 3:39:48 PM PDT by Kenton
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To: Kenton

Somebody has to do the reloading.....


31 posted on 06/28/2013 3:41:04 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Puppage

I know under the new law it will require permit to purchase long guns, but I can’t find any registration requirement (except for the “assault weapons” owned prior to the signing of the law) like the article states.


32 posted on 06/28/2013 4:52:30 PM PDT by matt04
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To: t1b8zs

The only thing WFSB is good for in my opinion, is their live weather reports. Other than that, they are useless in reporting any factual news.


33 posted on 06/28/2013 5:03:10 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

That’s correct. Just the existing and now, new 100 “assault” weapons added with the new list.


34 posted on 06/28/2013 5:24:45 PM 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: jdege


Every household should have:

For every adult:
1 .45ACP combat pistol
1 .308 battle rifle
1 12ga shotgun


That might be an ideal, but :

1. Not everyone can afford that,and ammo.

2. Anyone uncomfortable, for whatever reason, with a particular firearm, should not own it, except with the purpose of learning to work with it.

3. Some households have a drunk, immature or person(s) otherwise unsuited for proper use of a firearm (or pneumatic drill, or chain saw, or sub-compact car). The other peoplle in the house are the best determinant of who they are.

4. If you are not going to give the tools the practice and attention they deserve, wait until you are ready to do it right.


35 posted on 06/28/2013 5:41:11 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: matt04
Guns outnumber people in some CT towns

:shrug:

I would bet in all US towns screwdrivers outnumber people.

Is that a problem?

If not then why not?

36 posted on 06/28/2013 5:45:45 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: Puppage
I need an Action Woman
37 posted on 06/28/2013 6:18:54 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: MrB

The problem with the .410 is that most of them are choked too tight. Because of the small payload, manufacturers choke them full or fuller than full.

I have shot sporting clays with my Winchester 101 in .410 and out to about 35 yards it breaks clays just fine (not smokeballs, but into 5-6 pieces) and it is choked skeet-skeet. On the skeet field (all targets within 25 yards, it has gone as high as 97 out of 100.

The .410 gets into peoples heads, if you do your job, it will break the birds.


38 posted on 06/28/2013 6:26:46 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: MrB

The poor 410 gets no respect.
Load it with 3” 00 buck and no one will disrespect it.


39 posted on 06/28/2013 6:27:11 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: MrB

As far as sporting clays or kids, the 410 is considered an experts shotgun.


40 posted on 06/28/2013 6:28:25 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: MrB

For home defense I do agree the 20 gauge is superior. My HD shotgun is a Winchester Model 12 pump (capacity 6) in 16 gauge. The 16 gauge buckshot round is 12 balls of #1 Buck (.30 caliber). A 2 3/4” 12 gauge 00 buckshot round is 9 balls of .33 caliber. I think the 16 is superior, you just better be stocked up in advance.


41 posted on 06/28/2013 6:30:20 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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