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."