New guidelines agreed on by state, gun show operators
SARATOGA SPRINGS A Saratoga County gun show operator will be implementing new procedures as the result of an agreement with the state Attorney General’s Office.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that NEACA Inc., of Saratoga County, and Western New York-based Niagara Frontier Collectors Inc. will be implementing requirements that go beyond the state’s gun show laws.
The new procedures include ensuring all guns brought to a show by private sellers are tagged, so the show operator can determine that anyone leaving the show with a purchased gun has been scrutinized by a proper background check.
The new regulations follow an eight-month undercover investigation, Operation Background Bust, which Schneiderman said demonstrated the risk of guns that were sold without the proper documentation.
The operation covered six gun shows, included ones in Saratoga, Schoharie and Washington counties, where proper background checks were not performed.
“This agreement builds upon our work by holding gun show operators responsible for the purchases made at their events,” Schneiderman said in a statement that described the agreement as a win-win.
“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 that could not pass a background check.”
The new check is to ensure that anyone purchasing a gun is reviewed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Additionally, the two operators have agreed to educate all gun show staff on NICS regulations, take reasonable steps to prevent sales outside the venue, let local law enforcement know when a gun show will be in the area, request patrols of parking lots near the show to deter illegal sales and limit the number of entrances to the facility so the operator can easily determine if the NICS procedures are being followed.