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March 15, 2013

Gun show operators to tighten rules

An operator of local gun shows has agreed to follow tighter regulations developed by the state Attorney General’s Office in an effort to close the so-called “gun show loophole.”

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office has reached agreements with 23 gun show operators across the state to follow the “Model Gun Show Procedures” developed by his office. 

Among them are Midstate Arms Collectors & Shooters Club Inc., which hosts annual gun shows in Oneonta, Sidney and Unadilla. The group’s most recent show was March 3 in Oneonta. 

The Model Procedures go beyond the requirements of the state’s Gun Show Law. A key provision in the rules require that all guns that private sellers bring to the shows are tagged, then checked later to determine if they were sold and a background check was done on the buyer.

The rules also limit the number of entrance doors to improve monitoring and require operators to take steps to prevent unregulated sales outside shows, including notifying law enforcement of shows so they can patrol nearby.

According to a media release from Schneiderman’s office, the 23 operators oversee more than 80 percent of the shows in the state. Five more operators are reviewing the procedures and are also expected to adopt them. The process is ongoing, with the goal of universal adoption of the procedures in the state by the end of this year.

“Gun violence is everyone’s concern, and I’m proud that we’ve worked with gun show operators to create simple procedures to ensure that deadly weapons don’t make it into the hands of felons, terrorists, the dangerously mentally ill, or anyone else who could not pass a background check,” Schneiderman said in the release. “These procedures are unique to New York state and represent the first time law enforcement and gun show operators are working together to eliminate illegal gun sales. Since most people who operate and attend gun shows are law abiding citizens, my office has had nothing but positive responses to these new safety standards.”

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