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Percentage Of Residents With Pistol Permits Among Lowest In State In New London

Study determines that two percent of the city's residents have such a permit

Only two percent of New London’s residents have a pistol permit according to a recent study, one of the lowest ratios in the state of Connecticut.

The New Haven Register recently measured the number of pistol permits issued in each of Connecticut’s municipalities against its population at the time of the 2010 census. The report says that about 170,000 pistol permits have been issued in Connecticut and that smaller towns generally have a greater percentage of residents with permits.

In New London, there were 553 people with pistol permits out of a population of 27,620. Only three communities in the state had smaller ratios: Mansfield (510 permits in a population of 26,543, or 1.9 percent), New Haven (2,061 permits in a population of 129,779, or 1.6 percent) and Hartford (1,912 permits in a population of 124,775, or 1.5).

Several communities issued fewer permits than New London, but they represent a larger percentage of the community’s population. The towns with the highest ratios were Canaan (167 permits in a population of 1,234, or 13.5 percent), Union (103 permits in a population of 854, or 12.1 percent) and Hartland and Harwinton (242 permits in a population of 2,114 and 646 permits in a population of 5,642, respectively, or 11.4 percent).

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Bridgeport, Connecticut’s largest city, also had the highest number of pistol permits in the state at 4,031. However, the city also had one of the lowest ratios, as the number represents 2.8 percent of the population of 144,229.

The report also notes an uptick in applications for pistol permits after violent incidents such as the 2007 Cheshire home invasion or December’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The number of New London residents applying for a pistol permit has gone up in the current fiscal year, with nearly as many permits issued halfway through the year as the total in the 2012 fiscal year.

According to Deputy Chief Peter Reichard of the New London Police Department, the department received 50 applications in the 2012 fiscal year; 45 permits were issued. From the start of the 2013 fiscal year to mid-January, the department received 71 applications and issued 40 permits. Reichard said the department’s data on pistol permit applications does not include the dates of application and that he was unable to say how many of the applications were submitted after the shooting in Newtown.

According to the city website, an application for a pistol permit requires several supporting materials including:

  • A pistol permit application containing personal information including criminal history, medical history, and whether a prior permit has been denied, suspended, or revoked
  • A completed fingerprint card performed at the police department
  • A photograph of the applicant
  • Proof of U.S. residency such as a passport or birth certificate
  • A firearms safety and use course certificate
  • Two fees of $50 and $19.25 payable to the Connecticut state treasurer for completion of criminal history background checks

The police department says the initial background check takes at least eight weeks and is followed by a suitability interview with the commander of the Investigative Services Division and additional $70 fee to the police department. The chief of police may then issue a temporary 60-day permit which allows a resident to carry but not purchase firearms in the state of Connecticut.

The final step to receive the permit is to bring the temporary permit, state application, proof of residency, and $70 fee to an applicable Department of Public Safety office within the 60-day period. Connecticut pistol permits are good for five years.

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BTD CEO February 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Imagine if Mr. Chew had one, he would be here today complaining about your loose mad dog problem.
JWild February 19, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Lets get that registered permit number up, so the law abiding citizens are on even ground with the un-permitted carriers...those model citizens
gingersnap February 19, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Crooks don't Apply for Permits. New London has a low permit count but a High Crime and Criminal Count. I won't even Go to NL because I might get Shot on the street. If L&M buys Westerly Hospital don't even TRY to force ME to go there because NL is just sooo awful a place to go.
Spencer February 19, 2013 at 05:06 PM
"...a temporary 60-day permit which allows a resident to carry but not purchase firearms in the state of Connecticut." Really?? Is that like the 'try but don't inhale marijuana' policy???
Scott Wilson February 19, 2013 at 06:54 PM
To learn more about your 2nd Amendment rights in Connecticut, visit www.ccdl.us there are links to firearms instructors and a whole lot more.
David Israel February 19, 2013 at 08:08 PM
As a United States Army veteran who was awarded an expert rifleman's badge for extreme marksmanship and accuracy with an M16A1, I have no problem with those who find rifles and pistols necessary to and enjoyable in their lives. However, for those who think their rifles and guns, including AR15s and other assault weapons, will protect them from an "oppressive government" I have news. Forget it. Your high-powered weaponry is a joke against a main battle tank, a fighter aircraft, or a nice little nuclear aircraft carrier parked off the coast. And, as for using a Glock against a nuclear weapon, make me laugh, please. The best weapon against an oppressive government is education and the exercise of one's right to vote. Have your weapons as I have had mine, but remember, it is education, knowledge, wisdom and faith in one another and God that will preserve our freedoms from a government intent upon depriving us of our God-given rights as humans made in His image. Nothing more and nothing less. I'd think a lot more of the NRA and advocates for the Second Amendment if they fought as determinedly for education and good schools as they do for the right to possess, own and use guns.
BTD CEO February 19, 2013 at 08:32 PM
First off David thank you for serving. I do have a problem with your opinion as you have just been handed a defeat in Afghanistan by a rag tag bunch armed with homemade weapons. Finally just where in the constitution you swore to protect do you find where i am liable to educate your children?
Matthew Joslyn February 19, 2013 at 08:33 PM
David, you may be right about AR15's and hunting rifles against the the government, but its the risk the government does not want to take because there would be wide spread blood shed, with out our guns and the Second Amendment all it would take is a swipe of the pen.
David Israel February 19, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Hello BTD CEO. Thank you for responding. It is not I who has been handed a defeat, if that is how you call our current position in Afghanistan, but it is we, as in all Americans. Your assessment of the American situation in Afghanistan carries some validity, but it is most likely simplistic in the causal-effect analysis. I haven't any children. However, I have paid taxes gladly since the age of sixteen to help finance education at every level. The Constitution provides for the "general welfare" of Americans. Education is general welfare in that it enhances all aspects of life, industry, knowledge, peace, war and freedom. Matthew, thanks for responding. Never underestimate a government's willingness to shed any amount of blood to protect itself. 600,000 Americans died in the Civil War because the US government was determined to preserve itself as the sole power over the entire nation. Look around the world, from Iraq to Libya, from Syria to Vietnam, and in every South American country. Governments will shed blood without a second thought to preserve themselves. This is reality. Read Thomas Hobbes treatise on government entitled, "Leviathan." Best wishes.
BTD CEO February 19, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Ive paid taxes since the age of 14, still, lets make a deal so we dont murder each other, you can have the cities, and freedom loving people can have the country side. Your efforts to socialize America are a major fail, if we arnt free to secede, then we must fight. Over to you.
Danile Shafner February 20, 2013 at 03:02 AM
I live in New London. There is a high crime rate here. True. But it's as unlikely for me to be victim of one living here as it is for you living in your nice "other" community. Why is this so? I don't frequent the places or associate with the kinds of fo0lks who might engage in this activity. Perhaps you might plan to do both, frequent dangerous places and carry-on with questionable people. But if you have no plans to do so, there's no reason to be in any fear because these serious acts of crime are almost always not random. Since you're from one of the "other communities" I would expect you to be capable of greater depth of thought than you demonstrated here with your knock on the City of New London. But instead, you disappointed me. Maybe if you had been fortunate enough to attend the New London public schools, as was I (and I was not a good student) then you might be more capable of sizing up a subject with better nuance than you did, here. I'll leave you with this thought, life is so simple when you can put it on a bumper sticker.
JWild February 20, 2013 at 04:58 AM
David, what unit were you with in the Army? I have seen that quote before so I don't know if it's yours or just a copy and paste from some website. Common sense says that the citizen masses armed with pistols and M4's won't really do a whole lot to against a nuclear submarine or anything else, but wars are still fought by people on the ground and small arms are still a viable threat, I agree that education is the biggest weapon, sadly I see people blindly following the media and their nonsense rather then doing their own digging through laws and statistics.
Carol D. Fox February 20, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Way to go Daniel. Took the words right out of my month. @Gingersnap: Its unfortunate your ignorance is making you miss a great little city. I'm considered elderly and I feel safe. Yes there is crime in certain areas of New London. You just don't venture there.

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