Report: 5.8 Percent of Ledyard Residents Have Pistol Permits

A new map published by the New Haven Register shows that 866 Ledyard residents have pistol permits and shows an inverse relationship between pistol permits and high-crime areas.


The New Haven Register recently published a map showing the percentage of residents in each municipality that have pistol permits, with it showing that 866 Ledyardresidents have pistol permits, or 5.8 percent of the population.

That number is consistent only with Montville (6.4 percent) while surrounding towns have significantly differing rates. Nearly ten percent of residents in Preston have pistol permits and 8.9 percent residents in North Stonington have one. Alternatively, 3.8 percent residents in Groton and 3.6 percent residents in Stonington have pistol permits.

The map overall shows an inverse relationship between the percentage of residents with pistol permits in a municipality compared to municipalities typically associated as being high-crime areas, with municipalities typically considered as high-crime areas having a smaller percentage of residents with pistol permits.

For example, only 1.6 percent of New Haven residents have pistol permits, 1.5 percent of Hartford residents, 2 percent of New London residents and 2.8 percent of Bridgeport residents, which mean all four have among the smallest percentage of residents with pistol permits in the state. However, all four municipalities are typically considered high-crime areas compared to other Connecticut municipalities.

Conversely, towns with higher percentages of residents with pistol permits are typically considered low-crime municipalities. Most of the municipalities that have a relatively high percentage of residents with pistol permits, like Canaan with 13.5 percent, Union with 12.1 percent and Lebanon 10.4 percent, are rural, small towns with relatively low crime rates.

To see the map, click here.

Jim February 04, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Please notice that all of the affluent communities have the lowest percentage except for Hartford where they dont bother with pernits.....
mike w February 06, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Can you over-lay the map with a map of towns with the most arrest of illegal gun posessions. Criminals typically don't register their guns.
Larry Lynch February 06, 2013 at 03:40 PM
This is a meaningless statistic. I would expect more homeowners in a rural area to have guns. I would expect high crime areas to have fewer registered guns, as criminals don't (usually) register all the guns they have. I grew up in a rural area. The most common "Handgun" in my area was a 22 caliber target pistol.. They shot far more Foxes, Coyotes, Bobcats and wild dogs than targets.. The long guns were for hunting.... In my family (2 boys, 1 girl, Mom & Dad) we had: Two thirty-thirty rifles (scoped) for hunting One Thirty "Ought" six (scoped) for hunting One forty five seventy (saddle gun) for going into "Bear territory" on horseback. Two twenty two semi-auto rifles (scoped) mostly for varmints & some small game. Four 22 caliber semi-auto target type pistols for "near house" protection from varmints, and rabid animals. We didn't think of these as a "lot of guns". They were what a family of five used to get through the year in Northern New England in the 50s and 60s.. Today, some of those guns would need to be registered, and they would be.


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