Pandemic, presidential election, protests spur gun permit applications

Pandemic, presidential election, protests spur gun permit applications

After hearing calls to "defund" the police and wanting to protect herself, downtown New London resident Suzanne Simpson enrolled in an NRA handgun training class last August and a month later began the two-part process to secure her state pistol permit. Four months later, she still is waiting for her local approval from New London police before submitting her application for a state permit, a process expected to take just as long. "This is pathetic that it takes that long to get a permit. I just want to protect myself," she said. Jefferey Hart, a New London house painter who is the vice chairman of the city’s Board of Education, took a training class with his wife and applied for his local permit about 14 weeks ago. He also is waiting for his approval so he can seek his state permit. While Hart said he feels New London will remain a safe place, he said one of the reasons he applied for a gun permit is the "rise of the violent right wing in this country." "The tension in this country is pretty palpable. That’s one of the things that got me thinking in a different way" about getting a gun, said Hart, who said he grew up around guns and shot air rifles as a kid. "The reason is to provide your own security. The reason is you don’t trust others to provide it for you." Simpson and Hart are two of the approximately 2,000 people in southeastern […]

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