Sharp Increase In Pistol Permits In Erie County

Sharp Increase In Pistol Permits In Erie County – In the days that followed the mass shooting inside a Colorado movie theater, the Erie County Clerk’s office saw a sharp increase in the number of people filling out permits for pistols. In New York State, permits on handguns are processed in the clerks’ offices. Rifles and shotguns do not require such permits. 2 On Your Side analyzed the records and found a 21% increase (year to year) in applications filled out by new gunowners and a 49% increase in applications filled out by current gunowners who wanted to add additional pistols. “The facts are, we have had a significant uptick in the attempt to get more pistols,” Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs...

City’s gun business is fully loaded

City’s gun business is fully loaded – The Colorado shooting has again put the firearm industry in the national spotlight. It has also focused attention on the handful of New York City shooting ranges, shops and consultancies that have survived by dutifully playing by a complicated set of local rules designed to make gun ownership burdensome. Some have thrived on that complexity. Consultants and attorneys charge as much as $15,000 to help gun lovers like Donald Trump pack heat. “There are high-profile people as well as average businessmen who want a permit but don’t feel comfortable doing the process themselves,” said John Chambers, an attorney who helped start consultancy Gun Permits Inc. four years...

Gun control advocates target high-capacity magazines

Gun control advocates target high-capacity magazines – The Colorado theater shootings thrust assault weapons, such as the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle used in the rampage, into the national spotlight. Equally important in the gun control debate — and often overlooked — are the high-capacity magazines used to fuel the firepower in mass shootings, gun control advocates...

Michael Bloomberg backs a bill to ban online ammo sales

Michael Bloomberg backs a bill to ban online ammo sales – A bill sponsored by New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg and Long Island Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy that would effectively ban the online sale of ammunition has the backing of the nation’s loudest gun control advocate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “If the presidential candidates won’t act, others will—including Senator Lautenberg and Congresswoman McCarthy, who time and again have shown their steadfast commitment to protecting American lives,” said the mayor, in a...

Over-The-Top Gun

Over-The-Top Gun – Ben Swanson, 16, was nervous, doubted himself even, in the nights prior to the 2012 National Rifle Association National Rifle and Pistol Championships. But there he was, Camp Perry, an Ohio National Guard training facility on the shores of Lake Erie, and as he looked down the firing line at the competitors readying themselves for the 3-Position Any Sight Championship, those nerves and doubts somehow seemed to melt away. As the old saying goes, our worst fears lie in...

Sen. Peralta Calls For Bipartisan Gun-Control Law

Sen. Peralta Calls For Bipartisan Gun-Control Law – State Sen. Jose Peralta called for legislators to set aside partisanship to pass a new gun control law to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill. “Believe it or not, in New York State, a violent, mentally ill individual can keep a gun even after being identified by a court as a danger to society,” Peralta said. The legislation, Peralta said, would allow a judge to take away an individual’s gun license if that person is determined to be mentally ill. Currently, according to Peralta, the judge has an option to ask for the gun license, but this legislation would mandate...
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