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Fuchs: At Least 5,000 Guns in Redding

According to unofficial numbers provided by state police, Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said there's at least 5,000 guns in Redding.

While a handful of Redding residents have decided to turn in their guns to police following the horrific events which occurred in Newtown last month, an increasing number of residents have decided to add guns to their arsenal, according to Police Chief Douglas Fuchs. 

"We've always had a lot" of people applying for gun permits, Fuchs said, "but the numbers have gone up exponentially. Three more permits were applied for this week."

Fuchs said that according to unofficial numbers provided by state police, there are at least 5,000 guns in Redding. Fuchs said not all guns need to be registered, so that number is likely higher.

While more people have been buying guns, Fuchs said some residents have decided to turn theirs in. 

"We did have two more long guns turned into us this week," Fuchs said. "One of them we are actually going to place into service because it’s a shotgun and it's actually the same make and model shotgun we keep in our cars."

Fuchs said the other gun will be handed over the state police to be destroyed. 

Fuchs said the Redding Police Department is the "gatekeeper of the permits." Most residents get approved, he said. 

"The vast majority of our residents get approved," he said. "We have denied some. If they’re denied they have the ability to appeal that to the Firearms Board of Licensing."

NotALawyer January 23, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Why is this 'news'? To provide a guesstimate of local firearm ownership with a caveat that it's inaccurate because many guns don't legally have to be registered? This gun-centric reporting is supererogatory.
Bill January 23, 2013 at 04:33 PM
I don't understand the reaction of law abiding citizens turning in their guns. They didn't have anything to do with Sandy Hook or any of the other shootings. In light, Fast and Furious, an apparent false flag slight of hand to have guns banned in the USA, the public should be wary of many in Government who purport to defend the Constitituion. I find it ironic that Lieutenant Paul Vance said the investigation at Sandy Hook would take months to complete, yet he was quick, within hours of the tragedy to name the shooter and even his motive. The contradiction would be laughable if the incident wasn't so tragic. There are many unanswered questions regarding Sandy Hook and I find the media's lack of curiosity as to what really happpened nearly as tragic as the incident itself.
gail drake January 23, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Amen to that!!!
Donald Harris January 23, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Even though most existing and proposed gun legislation would have failed to prevent the Sandy Hook tragedy, there are 2 simple steps every gun owner can take that will go a long way to preventing such events in the future: 1) Lock all firearms in a gun safe.(Keep the key somewhere else) 2) Lock all ammunition in a separate lockbox.(preferably at a different location) This will all but eliminate access to the firearms and ammunition, except by the owner, who hopefully is of sound mind. It would have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy. Possibly the press can spread the suggestion.
Admiral Obvious January 24, 2013 at 01:23 AM
"Well, nothing going on here in the thriving metropolis of Redding, how can I get my name in the news because it hasn't been in for almost a week, I know I'll needlessly try to work people into a frenzy" it what must have been running through the chiefs mind. He's an attention whore, this is such a waste of an article. People do not need to be told storage safety, it's like telling people not to drink and drive, they're gonna do what they want and telling them ain't gonna change it. This guy get's himself in the press more than the police commissioner in New York city. Can't wait to see what gonna be in the Fuch's weekly, aka Redding Pilot, tommorrow .

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