Thousands come to annual gun show while new laws go into action

Thousands of people come to the gun show at the fairgrounds after seeing the SAFE Act start going into action.


he annual Syracuse gun show started as a small collectors club 50 years ago. Today at the New York State Fairgrounds gun enthusiasts had something big to prove. Earlier this week Congress did not come together and agree on gun control reform. This move is viewed by some out at today's gun show as a victory.

Douglas Roberts is a director with the gun show. "I think what we showed the President of the United States and Mrs. Feinstein and some of the other folks is that there's a group of us that are really not going to stand still and let them trample our rights," says Roberts.

Jim Scannapieco was out helping his father sell guns today. "Not everyone who deals with guns is going to try and shoot people. A lot of people are big time collectors. We have a lot of people in there who have collections of guns that are hundreds of years old," says Scannapieco.

It is this history that has brought thousands to the Fairgrounds Center of Progress Building to sell their guns and other historical items. With the passage of the SAFE Act, gun buyers and sellers must now follow stricter procedures with background checks, something Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been looking into gun shows across the state.

"If your license is clear, you can buy a firearm. You can't buy a handgun but you can buy a shotgun or a rifle, you go through what we call a NICS check," says Roberts.

Sandy Ackerman is the president and show manager of the gun show. "We go above and beyond to be proactive to follow every federal and state law and keep on bringing a lot of money here into New York State and Onondaga county," says Ackerman.

These new regulations are not deterring many gun enthusiasts, as thousands had to wait in lines hours long before they could get in this morning.