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Montville is Armed, But So is Much of Connecticut

More than 1,250 gun permits have been issued to Montville residents and every day, more permits are being applied for. Especially since the Newtown shooting Dec. 14

 

Last summer, Montville Patch began looking at the number of pistol permits issued in the town. The idea was born after visiting a local gun shop where an employee shared how busy the location was, and not just for sales of guns but also gun safety courses signups; a requisite part of the application process. And also after hearing that Montville Police detectives, Mayor Ronald McDaniel said last spring, were spending a lot of their time performing background checks for those permits.

Patch learned that from January 2012 to July 2012, 86 new gun permits were issued, although the number of applications far exceeded the number granted.  

“There’s a lot of scared people out there,” said Ernie Kingman of Outpost Guns and Ammo last summer.

“It’s no secret or surprise that more and more people come in here: shootings, crime and fear," he said. "Those are your reasons.” Store owner Carl DelVecchio declined to comment.

Where are the guns?

This week, the New Haven Register did a comprehensive, town-by-town breakdown of the number of gun permits statewide. The town with the most was Canaan and the least, perhaps surprisingly, was Hartford.

In Montville, with a 2012 population of about 19,500, some 1,258 residents hold pistol permits which 6.4% of the population. Although towns with higher rates, like Canaan, with 13% have a tenth of our population. And Montville’s numbers were higher than nearby towns with like New London (2%) and Groton (3.8%). Norwich has twice Montville’s population but less than have the number of permits.

After Newtown

Following the Newtown shootings on Dec. 14, the Montville Police Department was inundated with applications. In fact, in the two weeks (which included the Christmas and New Years holiday) from Dec. 14 until the first for the year, 35 permit applications were received.

Montville Resident State Trooper Sgt. Martin Martinez said that while there was a significant increase in the number of permits after the Newtown shooting, only residents that can pass muster will get those permits signed off on.

“The individuals that have applied for the permits are law abiding Montville residents,” he said.

Martinez said that as part of the application process, “all individuals have extensive background checks conducted to include submission of fingerprints that are forwarded to the FBI for further checks.”

Cynthia Kozaczensky January 24, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Thanks for putting this out here. So often lately the media has tried to portray gun owners as a group of heartless, mean spirited red-necks that need to be controlled. We are the epitome of law abiding citizens who realize that the police can't be everywhere at a second's notice. It is not about deer hunting, it's about self protection.
Ellyn Santiago (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 01:57 PM
And I want to thank you, Cynthia Kozaczensky! You almost always share your comments both on Facebook and on Montville Patch! YOU are awesome!
Toni Johnson January 24, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Note that just because Norwich, New London and Hartford have less permitted gun owners does not mean there are less guns. It means there are less legal guns.
Ellyn Santiago (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Great point, Toni!
Keith Faulkner January 24, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Keep the fear level up. We're shooting (pun intended ) for 100%. God help the person that drops a jar of pickles at stop and shop!!
Donna Jacobson January 24, 2013 at 07:49 PM
When calculating the percentage of gun permits in Montville, the prison population and underage children should be deducted from the residential population to obtain a true calculation. I think you will find a significantly higher percentage of people in Montville with gun permits.
REVMAN January 24, 2013 at 09:20 PM
To Ellyn Santiago and Donna Jacobson--Why did you only target pistol permit holders? You failed to mention how many licensed hunters(they own guns also) in Montville and how many members Montville's only gun clubs has.It would dawrf that 6.4% of montvilles population.
jane January 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM
And I would guess that there are some people like me who has had a permit for several years yet have never owned a gun. Someday I may get one but I seriously doubt that if someone should break into my house they would wait until I got a gun out of a locked safe before they robbed me or harmed me. For now I'll let my pitties protect me. They might get the one coming at them from the front, but they'd have to be really really good to get the ones from the back, too.
Donna Jacobson January 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Revman - I was merely pointing out that the permit percentages reported in the article are skewed due to factors not taken into consideration. You too present another factor, which I inadvertently omitted of licensed hunters which alters the article's percentages even more.
Howard January 25, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Jane - If you are at home, why is your gun in a locked container? It takes two things for self-protection in the home. One thing is applicable anywhere you might be, it is called situational awareness. You have to be aware of what is going on, and who is nearby, where ever you might be. The second thing, particularly if you are home, is to have the gun readily accessible. That means on your hip or in a shoulder rig. That makes it accessible only to you also. Using your philosophy, you are vulnerable. Dogs are nice to have but unless properly trained, they are essentially useless.

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