Gun shops, shooting ranges and county clerks’ offices have seen an upsurge in business since the state Legislature rushed through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sweeping set of gun laws in December.
Dennis Deasy, owner of Niagara Gun Range in North Tonawanda, says that pistol permit classes are booked through May. He says his store can hardly keep up with the demand for guns that hold 10-round magazines ahead of the April 15 ban on them.
There were 76,001 firearm purchase background checks for New Yorkers in January and February of 2013. That compares to about 51,000 for the same months last year.