The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 29, 2012

Bids for firearms up 38%

December busy in Union; 240% hike in 1 day in Northumberland

The Daily Item

— By Marcia Moore

and Evamarie Socha

The Daily Item

Officials in Valley sheriff’s departments said there has been a dramatic spike in applications for gun permits since the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, and almost everyone who asks for a permit gets one.

Applications for gun permits increased substantially in Northumberland County, with 34 gun permits issued in a single day just before Christmas, compared with the usual five to 10 applications filed daily, Deputy Sheriff Randy Coe said.

In Union County, there are normally about 90 applications for gun permits a month and only two or three applicants are rejected. In December, there have been 125 applications for permits, with only one business day remaining.

Coe attributed the increase to the debate surrounding gun laws in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults in the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Read more of this story in Saturday's edition of The Daily Item.