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CT Gun Laws Drive Record Sales

Meanwhile, other states continue to court gun manufacturers, and one will be heading south in January.

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By Gary Jeanfaivre

Amid the uncertainty of what Connecticut's gun laws would look like in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown — and after the state passed what has been rated as the second-toughest gun laws in the nation — firearms sales spiked this year.

Efforts to court Connecticut-based gun manufacturers to move out of state have also been fast and furious.

One manufacturer, Stag Arms based in New Britain, has received offers from 42 different states, according to a report by WNPR. Stag Arms makes assault rifles, similar to the one a 20-year-old used to kill 20 students and six educators at Sandy Hook School on Dec. 14, 2012.

Despite the offers, even visiting two southern states, Stag is staying put, WNPR reports. The company owner tells the public radio station that his employees, 200 of them, make excellent products here in Connecticut.

Also, despite the states' stricter gun laws, sales have been swift and steady — even as far south as Florida. At Stag, they're up 40 percent from the same time last year, according to WNPR.  

That's not surprising given that gun permits were being taken out at unprecedented rates this year. In May, state police were facing a backlog of 62,000 background checks for gun permits — a workload that led to a request for more manpower — as a cloud of uncertainty hung in the air while a special task force crafted the state's new laws and President Barack Obama pushed for tighter controls at the federal level, too.

Not all of the state's gun manufacturers are staying put, though. At least one, Bristol-based PTR Industries, is heading to South Carolina in January, taking with it 40 jobs.

“Along with other companies in the trade, we were deeply apprehensive at the hurried process to develop new gun laws and fearful that it would generate unintended consequences for our industry,” PTR Vice President John McNamara said in April.

A month later, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the new gun laws.
Thomas Paine December 10, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Michael, you can find the FBI's NICS firearm background check data with state-by-state tallies at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics/reports/nics-firearm-background-checks-1998_2013_state_monthly_totals-113013.pdf . The list goes back to late 1998 with 1999 being the first full year. In CT over the first 11 months of 2013, there have been 272,205 BGCs. Over 2012 and the prior years are approximately: 237k, 186k, 179k, 202k, 155k and 116k in 2007. For reference, skipping to the number for the full year 1999 and you find 87,209. So for all the talk of CT being a gun-unfriendly state, BGCs have gone up EVERY YEAR since 1999 with the exception of 2009 to 2010 which was a step back from the post Obama-election bump in gun purchases in 2009. If should be noted that the CT state population was 3.386mm in 2009 and 3.59mm in 2012. Thus, the rate of BGCs relative to population increased from 2.6% in 1999 to 6.6% in 2012 and is on pace to be 8.4% if Dec2013 is no higher than Dec2012 (but it likely will be higher). And the number of BGCs does not even represent the number of guns sold since multiple guns can be sold under a single sale/BGC. Yes, not every BGC can result in an approved sale but the declines are far smaller than the number of multiple item sales. So riddle me this, if CT is so anti-gun among its people, how has the rate of gun purchases gone up by over 3X since 1999?
Thomas Paine December 10, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Michael/Gary, you can find the FBI's NICS firearm background check data with state-by-state tallies at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics/reports/nics-firearm-background-checks-1998_2013_state_monthly_totals-113013.pdf . The list goes back to late 1998 with 1999 being the first full year. In CT over the first 11 months of 2013, there have been 272,205 BGCs. Over 2012 and the prior years are approximately: 237k, 186k, 179k, 202k, 155k and 116k in 2007. For reference, skipping to the number for the full year 1999 and you find 87,209. So for all the talk of CT being a gun-unfriendly state, BGCs have gone up EVERY YEAR since 1999 with the exception of 2009 to 2010 which was a step back from the post Obama-election bump in gun purchases in 2009. If should be noted that the CT state population was 3.386mm in 2009 and 3.59mm in 2012. Thus, the rate of BGCs relative to population increased from 2.6% in 1999 to 6.6% in 2012 and is on pace to be 8.4% if Dec2013 is no higher than Dec2012 (but it likely will be higher). And the number of BGCs does not even represent the number of guns sold since multiple guns can be sold under a single sale/BGC. Yes, not every BGC can result in an approved sale but the declines are far smaller than the number of multiple item sales. So riddle me this, if CT is so anti-gun among its people, how has the rate of gun purchases gone up by over 3X since 1999?
EM Clark December 10, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Morons buy the guns. Why not fund gyms instead of guns. The pot and gun laws make me think Aaron Hernandez is in charge of the US. Guns for hunting only.

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