Pistol Permit Applications Increased in 2012 Ahead of New Gun Regulations
The number of pistol permits in New York soared 14 percent between 2011 and 2012 in advance of a gun-control law passed last month.
State Police records show New York residents obtained nearly 20,000 pistol permits in 2012, up about 2,500 since 2011.
On January 15th Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the toughest gun-control law in the nation following the Newtown, Conn., shootings. There has also been talk for years that President Obama would pursue stronger federal laws, which he proposed a day after New York’s law was passed.
Gun-rights advocates said the concern about new laws might have prompted more people to seek gun permits.
Other counties have also seen a surge in pistol permits, State Police data show. Sixteen of the 57 counties outside New York City had a 50 percent increase or more in pistol permits issued in 2012.
Cuomo has defended the new law. It requires added registration requirements for guns, a stronger assault-weapons ban and lowers the allowed number of bullets in a magazine from 10 to 7.
Polls have shown that a majority of New Yorkers supported the new law.
Rallies are scheduled this week at the Capitol both in favor and in opposition to the new law.