Rockland Sees Spike In Pistol Permit Applications After Hanukkah Attack

Steve Burns
January 10, 2020 - 6:29 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Rockland County has seen a surge in applications for handgun permits ever since the brutal machete attack inside a rabbi’s Monsey home on the seventh night of Hanukkah.

According to a Lohud.com report, 73 pistol permit applications have been filed with the Rockland County Clerk’s office since the Dec. 28 attack – 31 of which are within the rabbi’s hamlet of Monsey.

County Clerk Paul Piperato says he has seen spiked in pistol permits around mass shootings before, but has never seen a surge like this before in his 14 years in office.

He tells WCBS 880’s Steve Burns that before the attack, there were just 51 applications in the eight weeks prior to the machete attack.

As Burns reports, all these recent applications are for “sportsmen residents” classification, meaning the firearms can only be taken out of the home for recreational use, such as hunting.

Piperato notes that its a long process to receive approval for the guns, likely taking around six months. The process involves a full background check, fingerprinting and a safety training course.

A full carry permit could take another year, but Piperato says those approvals are few and far between in Rockland County.