Erie County Sheriff, John Loomis, said there is no direct link.
In fact, license applications are down from this same period in 2013. In January of last year, 761 permits were registered and in January of 2014, a little over 470 were purchased.
Sheriff Loomis says the spike in gun permits early last year seemed to be linked to the Sandy Hook shooting that was covered quite prominently by the media nationwide.
For anyone in the Erie area interested in applying for a gun permit; they can be purchased on the 4th floor of the Erie County Courthouse.
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