In the months since Adam Lanza shot through the doors of the elementary school and targeted children in classrooms, the demand for guns in this western Connecticut city has jumped. As recently reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Newtown Police Department issued 171 pistol permits in 2012. As of August 8 this year, it has issued 209 permits, already a 22% increase over last year’s total. If applications continue at this rate, Newtown is on track to double the amount of pistol permits it issued last year.
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