BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Gun shops, shooting ranges and county clerks’ offices have seen an upsurge in business since the state Legislature rushed through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sweeping set of gun laws in December.
Dennis Deasy, owner of Niagara Gun Range in North Tonawanda, tells The Buffalo News (http://bit.ly/Y43OwB) that pistol permit classes are booked through May.
He says his store can hardly keep up with demand for guns that hold 10-round magazines ahead of the April 15 ban on them.
The FBI reports there were 76,001 firearm purchase background checks for New Yorkers in January and February of 2013. That compares to about 51,000 for the same months last year.
Some county clerks say they’re overwhelmed with pistol permit applications and paperwork resulting from a new provision allowing permit holders to keep their permit status private.
The Erie County Clerk’s office received 852 applications from residents seeking their first pistol permit in January and February, nearly double the number during those months last year.
Nationally, gun sales have soared since the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings Dec. 14 that killed 20 children, six teachers and staff members, and the gunman’s mother. Last year marked the highest number of background checks the FBI has run since starting the program - more than 19.5 million.
In the Hudson Valley, several counties have passed resolutions
Dutchess County Clerk Bradford Kendall said the law’s provision that the county process all the forms from permit holders seeking to opt out of having their status public could bog down his staff and cost county taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.