Following a statewide undercover investigation, New York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman Thursday 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. Schneiderman said this will promote uniform gun show operations across the state, including a rule that ensures all guns brought into the gun show by private sellers are tagged so that, upon exiting, the operator can determine if guns were sold and that a proper background check was performed.
One of the gun shows affected is in Westfield.
According to Schneiderman, these 23 operators oversee more than 50 currently scheduled shows and gun auctions in New York this year which represents over 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. "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."
The Model Procedures go beyond the requirements of the state's Gun Show Law, including a process that ensures all guns brought into the gun show by private sellers are tagged so that, upon exiting, the operator can determine if guns were sold and that a proper background check was performed.
Along with Westfield, Schneiderman's agreements are with operators who run gun shows in Akron, Albany, Alexander, Allegany, Batavia, Caledonia, Canandaigua, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Clayton, Clifton Park, Clyde, Elmira, Fillmore, Geneseo, Lake George, Lisle, Middletown, North Geneva, Oneonta, Port Crane, Rochester, Salamanca, Sanitaria Springs, Saratoga Springs, Sidney, Springville, Syracuse, Unadilla, Wales Center, Watkins Glen, West Potsdam and White Plains.