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Gun sales, permit requests on the rise in Warren County


QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - Just a few months after the passing of the NY SAFE Act, demand for guns has increased in some areas of Warren County.

Gun shop owners have seen a spike in permit applications and customers in general. 

There have actually been so many permit applications in the county that officials are asking for patience.

"We have seen a 70 percent increase some the numbers since last year," said Lt Steven Stockdale with the Warren County Sheriffs Office.

And he says there are still hundreds more to process.

Nemecs Sport Shop is seeing a constant flow of customers, especially people worried about rights they might lose under the SAFE Act. 

"They have a lot if questions and police have been very helpful helping us so we can tell them what is allowed an what isn't," said manager Chris Nemec.

He says they are selling a lot of pistols, and mainly to women. He adds that the county has even advised him to renew his state license early because of the backlog.  

Lt. Stockdale just asks for patience as they work through the increased demand.

"We are going as fast as we can. We have our criminal investigation to deal with as well on top of the pistol permit applications.  It is a time consuming task," he says.


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