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March 15, 2013

Gun show operators to tighten rules


The rules were developed after Schneiderman charged 10 gun sellers with failing to run required background checks before making sales to the undercover buyers at six shows around New York state. The buyers walked away with guns even after telling the sellers they had orders of protection against them and couldn’t pass a background check, Schneiderman said at the time.

Nine of those sellers pleaded guilty to misdemeanor violation of gun show laws; another was convicted following a jury trial.

The Model Procedures also require the following:

• Post conspicuous signs throughout the shows, and give written notice to all dealers that state law requires that a criminal background check be completed before the transfer of a gun at a gun show, including on the grounds of the show.

• Provide access to a dealer who is authorized to conduct a background check at cost.

• Alert local law enforcement that a show will be held in their area, request periodic patrols in the parking lots to deter illegal sales, and call them if illegal sales are observed or suspected.

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