Kansans turn to guns after Newtown shooting

There were surges of gun purchases and concealed-carry permit applications in Kansas after the shootings at Newtown, Conn. In the 10 business days between Dec. 14 and the end of the year, 1,012 Kansans applied for gun permits, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. That 100-per-day average was about 50 percent higher than the 64-per-day application average since July. The number of background checks in Kansas also reached an all-time high of more than 35,000 in December. Nationally, background checks in December totaled nearly 2.8 million, compared with 1.6 million in October. Some of the surge may be Christmas buying, but gun dealers said that many buyers were concerned about new gun regulations.