Gun Permit Requests in MA Jump 36% After Sandy Hook Tragedy
WEST SPRINGFIELD/SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –West Springfield’s Gun’s Inc. has seen a spike in sales since the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School just over two weeks ago. “We did see an initial spike after Sandy Hook but it has since dwindled down and we’re just back to normal business,” said Phil Marcil, the store’s general manager.
He says the rush of business was a reaction to what happened, since it can take up to 6 months to legally purchase a firearm in Massachusetts.
Requests for Class A permits…which include handguns, rifles, shotguns, have jumped 36% since the tragedy. Shots rang out at this corner of Union and Oak streets in Springfield just after 1:30 AM Saturday. Luckily no one was injured, but the suspects did have several weapons violations, including no license to carry. It’s incidences like these that are making many people scared. “I actually grew up right over by there and it’s kind of scary to hear that on the streets that I’m afraid to drive through at this point,” Joseph Chistolini admitted. “That aspect scares me. It’s around kids, it’s not a good feeling,” another Connecticut woman said.
Still, Marcil questions how these sorts of situations happen in the first place. “That’s the bigger answer in Springfield. Where are these people getting the firearms they’re using? They’re not going into a gun store to buy them, so they’re buying them on the street.
Two arrests have been made in Saturday morning’s incident. Springfield police are still investigating.