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.
“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.”
Ellis pressed on, saying she would want to protect herself when faced with an intruder. “What am I going to do? Throw water at him? Get a knife? Go get a pair of scissors? When he has a gun potentially?”