Originally posted on CBS New York:

YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Interest in gun ownership has seen a major jump in Suffolk County lately.

The number of new applications for pistol permits in Suffolk County went from 2,035 in 2011 to 2,606 in 2012, according to a Newsday report.

Suffolk County authorities said they had also issued 5,764 purchase documents for firearms in 2012, up from 5,043 in 2011.

Authorities said 749 purchase documents were issued in December 2012, and 947 in January of this year, the highest numbers in the 37 months of data they gave to Newsday.

As of Feb. 8, the Pistol Licensing Bureau of the Suffolk County police had 33,379 license holders with 96,783 regulated firearms. Some guns, like shotguns or rifles, don’t require owners to have purchase documents.

Experts told the newspaper concern about new gun control laws was likely the reason many people have applied for gun permits.

Last month, Gov…

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