Pistol permit applications rise in NY community after attack

5 stabbed during Hanukkah celebration at rabbi's home in New York
Posted at 8:35 AM, Jan 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-12 08:35:19-05

The number of people applying for handgun permits has spiked in a New York community shaken last month by a machete attack that injured five men during a Hanukkah celebration.

The Journal News reports 73 pistol permit applications have been filed with the Rockland County Clerk's Office since the Dec. 28 attack at a rabbi's home in Monsey, a hamlet northwest of New York City.

That compares with 51 applications the office received during the eight weeks prior to the stabbing.

An application is the first step in a months-long process that includes fingerprinting, a background check and firearms training.