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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Gun permit sales brisk in 2013

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  • The sale of gun permits in Pike County continued to be brisk in 2013, even after Sheriff Phil Bueki banned all out-of-state licensing in May.
    In 2013, Pike issued 2,420 gun permits, nearly double from 2012 when the county issued 1,300.
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year tightened that state's ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines; at the same time, President Barack Obama endorsed similar bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines nationally.
    In response, carloads of New York residents came to Pike County to get concealed gun carry permits. Literally car loads.
    Bueki said they were carpooling in groups and there were 20 permit requests from New York for every one requested from Pennsylvania.
    In May, Bueki issued a statement explaining why he was banning requests from outside Pike County.
    "It is impossible to investigate the many applications from out of state that are being denied or being placed into research due to criminal charges in another jurisdiction. This office has no authority across state lines and cannot conduct a proper investigation on character and reputation that is paramount before issuing any license," Bueki explained.
    After the ban, only Pike residents could get permits and Bueki noted that the number of local permits requested was still higher than in past years.

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