The increase in the pace over 2012, when 44 handgun applications were cumulatively filed, did not elicit much comment from Capt. John Lynch, who said the department did not have a definitive explanation.
Pistol permit applications have also shot up in Ridgefield this January, with 34 appearing in the January log.
For some perspective, a total of 91 pistol permits were issued in Ridgefield during the 2012 calendar year, but the police track the statistics annually in October. The highest October-to-October period, at least going back seven years, was 2011-12, with 88.
“It’s quite a few,” Ridgefield police Chief John Roche said.
Statewide and nationally, gun sales have boomed over the past decade.
Town-issued permits are temporary, 60-day permits. They give people permission to carry a concealed pistol only in town. The town then forwards the application to the state Department of Public Safety, which then issues a five-year permit.
To get a temporary permit a resident has to supply a completed notarized application, a birth certificate or passport, a letter or certificate from an authorized NRA instructor, and a bank check or money order for $16.50 and $50 made payable to the state treasurer. Additional fees are $70 to the town of Wilton and $70 to the Department of Public Safety.
The applicant has to be fingerprinted by a detective, and an eight-week processing period, including a background check, begins.
Jake Kara contributed to this article.