ROCKY HILL, Connecticut (WTNH) – Gun licenses are on the rise in the Greater Hartford area, along with crime. In Rocky Hill, police told News 8 on Thursday that the number of firearms licenses had more than doubled.
The Greater Hartford Area Police Department has been very busy lately. In Rocky Hill, over the past two years, they have seen the number of people going through the door to get their gun licenses double. They take their fingerprints and check their background, but they get the permits as quickly as possible.
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Gabe Cabrera of Rocky Hill told News 8, “People think about taking matters into their own hands because it’s the only form of protection one could have if you’ve had a home invasion like me.”
Cabrera says he had a car stolen from his garage in January and six months later he filmed thieves again trying to break into his house. Both times in broad daylight. â2:30 in the afternoon, a neighbor next door cutting the grass and the lawn tractor, the neighbor opposite on his lawn tractor cutting the grass, and they tried to steal anyway. “
And there has been a heated debate over whether or not crime is on the rise. You can use the numbers however you want: is this a violent crime? is it a property crime? But people in the neighborhood say they see people walking into their homes, into their garages, and that’s the kind of crime that scares them.
“And in my neighborhood, our neighbors are very alarmed by what is happening and they are not only very worried for their own safety but also for the safety of their families,” added Cabrera.
Rocky Hill Deputy Mayor Ed Charamut told News 8 of the slight increase in applications for firearms licenses: âCouples have come together, so instead of maybe 15 people, it could be 20 couples around. ‘a table to get their permits at the same time. “
The number of firearms license applications is increasing in many parts of the Greater Hartford area. Wethersfield said they also had a 100% increase.
- 2021-320 to date
- 2021 over 200
Rocky Hill Mayor Lisa Marotta said the daylight car hijackings of the local post office or bakery and the supermarket kidnapping scared people.
“There was an older woman in town talking about getting a gun license, and she said she actually had a knife next to her bed and ended up cutting herself recently. not bad, but that’s what we got, “said Mayor Marotta. .
The only thing the police and the mayor warn about: once you get your license, you need to know everything that goes with it. Authorities recommend taking a firearms course that goes with the license and the safety course on how to properly use the firearm.