The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

March 18, 2013

State pushes new gun show regs

Staff reports
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — An agreement has been reached with gun show operators across New York state intended to ensure background checks are completed among buyers, the state’s attorney general announced Thursday.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a statement saying his office has come to terms with 23 gun show promoters operating across the state to adhere to what are called “model gun show procedures.”

The provisions include a process that ensures all guns brought to gun shows by private sellers are tagged so that, upon exiting, the operator can determine if the weapons were in fact sold, and that a proper background check was performed, a press release from Schneiderman’s office states.

That provision and several others stem from  2011 investigation by Schneiderman’s office that he said showed that a large number of private sales were completed without a background check.

Since the investigation, Schneiderman said his office has worked together with gun show operators to develop the new procedures.

“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.

The 23 operators oversee more than 50 currently scheduled shows and gun auctions statewide this year, representing more than 80 percent of the state’s gun shows. Niagara Frontier Collectors, Inc and Niagara Frontier Gun Shows, Inc., are just two of the promoters listed.