Pistol permits registrations up in 2012
Every day, Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond seems to find a new stack of pistol permits piled on his desk.
Some are from permit holders switching from the county’s old paper license to the new laminated card now being issued. Many more are from new applicants — county residents that have decided to own a handgun.
Previously, there was a steady trickle of applications, Desmond said, maybe a dozen or so per week. But then Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act was signed into law in mid-January.
Now Desmond is finding his office inundated with pistol permit applications. His office received 34 applications during the first two weeks of January alone — a spike he blames on gun control legislation.
“We see people who come through for a permit and the reason they list on their application is ‘it’s my Second Amendment right,’” he said.
Figures show that all eight counties in the Capital Region had in increase in permit applications last year. Of these, only Rensselaer County was below a double-digit rise.
Monthly statistics for 2012 in the Capital Region are available below.
Overall, the eight-county area saw a 39 percent jump in pistol permit applications — from 1,519 in 2011 to 2,120 in 2012 — or more than double the increase statewide. Overall, New York saw a 14.2 percent increase in permit applications last year.
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