POLITICS
08/01/2013 12:27 pm ET

Newtown Gun Permits, Sales Rise Sharply After Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

AP

More than seven months removed from the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, the number of gun permits in Newtown, Connecticut is rising.

A Wednesday evening Wall Street Journal report sheds light on how steep the rise is in both applications and sales. A graphic produced by the paper shows that 91,098 guns have already been sold in Connecticut in 2013 -- a number that is on pace to eclipse 2012's total by October of this year. Additionally, 203 gun permit requests have been placed in Newtown, Conn., compared to 171 all of last year.

The Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 26 people -- six women and 20 children. All of the kids were six or seven years old. Only the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech was more deadly, with 33 killed in that massacre, including the gunman.

The Journal's report comes on the heels of a Wednesday visit by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) to downtown Newtown, Conn. businesses. While the governor said "people are very positive," some owners saw otherwise.

"We'd like people not to be afraid of Sandy Hook," Andy Lafreniere, a local music school owner, told the Associated Press. "There's just an aura about the place. Combined with the recession, we think people are avoiding Newtown."

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