According to a recent report in the Middletown Press, Haddam is the highest per capita pistol permit town in Middlesex County and is one of only 13 towns in Connecticut that have at least 10 percent of its residents with pistol permits.
Nearby Middletown, on the other hand, according to the report, has less than 5 percent of its city residents with pistol permits, which breaks down to 2,088 pistol permits for a population of 47,648 residents. Middletown's percentage is the lowest in Middlesex County as well as one of the lowest in the state.
Other nearby towns range from 5.6 percent to 9 percent including Portland (7.7 percent), Middlefield, Durham and East Hampton (between 8 and 9 percent).
Pistol permit applications have more than doubled in the past seven years in the state and about 170,000 people in Connecticut have pistol permits, according to data from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.