Newtown police say that they’re processing 211 gun permit requests this year, a noticeable uptick from 2012′s 171 requests and double the 2011 figure of 99 requests, the New York Daily News reports.
Residents fearing stricter gun control are applying in droves. Most of the permits were requested in April before the state cracked down on legal weapons, police said.
“The fact that they were reeling in and squeezing more laws made me think, ‘You know what? I want my gun permit,’ ” said 66-year-old resident Nancy Ellis, who has recently taken shooting lessons. “I want to exercise my right.”