NY attorney general tours gun show
Posted at: 04/06/2013 11:10 AM
| Updated at: 04/06/2013 11:27 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion | WHEC.com
It's a show that lures thousands of local gun owners each year and on Saturday it attracted New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Attorney General Schneiderman toured the The Original Rochester Gun Show and got a firsthand look at how gun shows are adopting new rules. It was all in an effort to make sure firearms stay out of the wrong hands.
Schneiderman has developed a new model for gun shows focusing on the importance of background checks.
There were conspicuous signs posted throughout the shows, requiring tags on all guns brought into the building by private sellers, limiting the number of exits for better monitoring and also alerting local law enforcement that a show will be held in their area.
So far 26 gun show operators for at least 55 shows throughout the state have agreed to implement the model procedures created by the attorney general.
Schneiderman told News10NBC it shows there is universal agreement on the idea of background checks and to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
Organizers of The Original Rochester Gun Show welcomed Attorney General Eric Schneiderman with open arms. He came to the area to fire off a big message.
“If you purchase a fire arm, if you purchase a gun there, you're going to get a check,” said Schneiderman.
Scheniderman has joined forces with gun show operators throughout the state to add what he calls an extra level of security.
“We have a system that is working. It's working collaboratively and it's working because we talk to each other and we listen to each other and that's the future of progress,” he said.
The show has always used a yellow tagging system when visitors checked in their guns, but now gun owners will be seeing a lot of pink.
The pink tag is a new procedure showing a background check was conducted for the sale or transfer of a gun. Some visitors seem to be embracing the new changes.
“I think a background check is minimalof what you should do for safety,” said Bernie Lusk from the Empire State Arms Collectors Association.
Organizers call it a smooth step forward.
“It's a good thing. We want all shows to run as smoothly as this one does,” said one organizer. “You got to do it right to stay in business as we say and most of these people are satisfied for the most part.”
Schneiderman believes New York is well on the way to being the first state where every gun show has background checks. He says he believes everyone is on the same page when it comes to safety.
“I think people get it. I think there's debates about other things that are going on in Washington or elsewhere. As far as being able to buy or sell guns and you're being safe about it and you're being careful about who gets them, I don't see a lot of confusion at all,” said Schneiderman.
The attorney general is hoping every gun show in every state will follow the lead. He's hoping New York State can become a model for other states.
Here is a list of changes you may see at your next gun show as part of the new model's procedures:
- Post conspicuous signs throughout the shows, and give written notice to all dealers that New York State law requires that a National Instant Criminal Background Check be completed before the transfer of a gun at a gun show, including on the grounds of the show.
- Require that all guns brought into the gun show by private sellers are tagged so that, upon exiting, the operator can determine if the guns were sold and a NICS was performed.
- Provide access to a dealer who is authorized to conduct a NICS at cost.
- The dealer performing the NICS shall complete and file the ATF Form 4473 and maintain the forms for inspection by law enforcement agencies for ten years, per the Gun Show Law.
- Limit the number of access doors at the show so that sellers and buyers have to enter and exit through an area where the NICS procedures can be monitored.
- Use reasonable means to prevent illegal gun sales outside of the building, including the parking lot.
- 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.