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Pistol permit application requests spike

February 6, 2013

MAYVILLE — The proof is in the paperwork. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office continues to see a spike in pistol permit application requests....

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Feb-06-13 9:16 PM

"The inundations have pushed processing time of applications anywhere from six months to a year. And with the spring and summer approaching, the Sheriff's Office is bracing for a further onslaught of requests."

Ok, so this surge in apps has nothing at all to do with the recent shootings and the resultant media ratings-frenzy, and everything to do with the weather then? Glad that's settled, and all of this media hysteria over. At least Cuomo didn't disappoint Rahm Emannuel and his policy of exploiting a crisis for all it's worth, actual solutions to the problem be damned.

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Feb-06-13 7:56 PM

I wonder how many of the applicants tell the truth and write that the main reason they want a gun is to overthrow the government. Those who don't should be sent to jail, after all, lying on the application is illegal and the NRA has been telling us all along that we need to enforce existing gun laws before passing any new ones.

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Feb-06-13 2:46 PM

I stand corrected - only the Hatfields were from West Virginia; the McCoys were from Kentucky.

None of them had registered firearms or background checks - and see what happened?!


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Feb-06-13 2:12 PM

It was really the area in both the state of West Virginia and Kentucky.

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Feb-06-13 2:08 PM

WV really

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Feb-06-13 12:04 PM

[must be feverish - agreeing with Steiner]

VA has always been a staunch 2nd Amendment supporter, as I am. Even with the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, gun laws here have been relaxed in the past two years.

State law now prohibits any locality from enacting any regulations on gun ownership, purchase, storage or carrying (except for rules related to the workplace). Also, a 19-year-old law to limit handgun purchases to 1/month was repealed.

“Open carry” here, with VERY few exceptions (but limited to semi-autos that hold 20 or fewer rounds or a shotgun with eight or less). Every time "big city folk" stir up gun control, we actually have "carry-in's" at urban-area Starbucks, restaurants and other retail outlets.

Interestingly, Fairfax County – 1M+ people – right across the river from DC: crime is at a 20-year low, with the homicide rate the lowest in the country among the 30 largest jurisdictions.

P.S The Hatfields and McCoys - that was WEST Virgina. :-)

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Feb-06-13 10:56 AM

What next; hatfields and mccoys

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Feb-06-13 9:09 AM

Hey dk, are there many mass shootings in VA ?It sounds like the NRA heaven . How is the crime outside of the inner cities? We need a local liberal to tell these pistol permit seekers it is moronic to think that the govt would ever ban guns. Just because they engineered school lunches, hate trans fats, large soda drinks , etc. there is no reason to fear .

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Feb-06-13 8:40 AM

Come down to VA - -

(1) You do not need a permit to own or open-carry a handgun. (And you do not need a “pistol safety course.”)

(2) If you want a concealed-carry permit (routinely granted), you must submit proof of a safety course. But you are also guaranteed - by law – a yes/no decision in 45 days or the permit is automatically granted.

(3) There is no limit on the number of guns or amount of ammo that can be purchased in a month.

(4) With the exception of machine guns, firearms are not registered in VA.

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