Pistol permit applications shoot up in St. Lawrence County since passage of NY gun law – Applications for pistol permits in St. Lawrence County have shot up since the passage of the NY SAFE Act in January.  That’s making more work for the St. Lawrence County Clerk’s office, and for those who perform the background checks on applicants, the county Sheriff’s Department, the state police, and local police departments.  Paid applications for handgun permits have doubled in the first three months of 2013 compared with January to March in 2012, according to the county clerk’s office.