Handgun permits issued in Connecticut rose by 73 percent in 2016 over 2015, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed raising state pistol permitting fees, which the administration says will cover the increased cost of issuing firearms permits.
After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, and then after subsequent national tragedies, gun control legislation has been a frequent public policy debate, which often triggers an increase in firearm purchases.
More firearms seized and ordered traced by Connecticut police have come from Texas than from any other out-of-state source, according to data from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The number of firearms recovered and traced by law enforcement in Connecticut was in decline until last year, when about 1,340 were recovered — more than double what was reported in 2013.