New safety standards will be put in place for this weekend's gun show in Albany and for Syracuse's gun show in April.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced he has reached an agreement with the New York State Arms Collectors Association, Inc. to following "Model Gun Show Procedures." The group operates the Albany Gun Show being held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center this weekend and the Syracuse Gun Show at the New York State Fairgrounds in April.
The agreement ensures uniform gun show operations across the state. "Gun violence is an epidemic, and my office is working with gun show operators to create simple guidelines to ensure that these deadly weapons don't make it into the hands of felons, terrorists, the dangerously mentally ill and others who could not pass a background check," Attorney General Schneiderman said. "As we remain vigilant against the illegal sale of guns in New York State, we appreciate this operator's willingness to join our efforts to achieve statewide adoption of our model gun show procedures."
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 when they leave, the operator can determine if guns were sold and that a proper background check was performed.
The new rules stem from a 2011 investigation into gun shows around the state, which Schneiderman says uncovered the frequent occurrence of private sales without background checks.
The following rules are in effect for operators at Albany's gun show this weekend and Syracuse's gun show this spring:
**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.
**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.