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Post date: March 14 2013

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Agreements With 23 Gun Show Operators Statewide To Implement New Safety Standards

Operators Representing 80% Of NYS Gun Shows Sign Agreement To Follow A.G.’s "Model Procedures"

Schneiderman: Illegal Gun Sales At Gun Shows Can Be Eliminated By Operators Adopting These New Procedures

ALBANY – Following a statewide undercover investigation, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office has reached agreements with 23 gun show operators across the state to follow the "Model Gun Show Procedures" developed by the Attorney General's Office to 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.

These 23 operators oversee more than 50 currently scheduled shows and gun auctions in New York this year, which represents over 80% 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,” Attorney General 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.

Attorney General 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, Westfield, West Potsdam and White Plains.

The development of the Model Procedures grew out of Attorney General Schneiderman’s 2011 investigation of gun shows around the state. This investigation uncovered the frequent occurrence of private sales without background checks. Following that discovery, the Attorney General's Office and several gun show operators worked together to develop the Model Procedures, which balance the rights of the sportsmen and gun collectors with the need to protect the public from the sale of guns to people who cannot pass a background check, also known as a "National Instant Criminal Background Check System" or "NICS.” The Model Procedures require operators to do the following:

  • 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.

The 23 gun show operators are:

  • Alabama Hunt Club, Inc.
  • BLG Auction Services
  • Bontrager Real Estate and Auction Services
  • Clayton Rotary Club
  • Daniel A. Carter Auction Co., Inc.
  • Empire State Arms Collectors Association, Inc.
  • Goldfuss & Assoc.
  • Hessney Auction Company, LTD
  • Mid Atlantic Arms Collectors
  • Mid-Hudson Promotions, Inc.
  • Mid State Arms Collectors & Shooters Club, Inc.
  • NEACA Inc.
  • New York State Arms Collectors Association, Inc.
  • Niagara Frontier Collectors, Inc
  • Niagara Frontier Gun Shows, Inc
  • Newmart Promotions, Inc.
  • RG Mason Auction
  • Roy Teitsworth, Inc.
  • TB Auction, Hunt Real Estate
  • York-Penn Shows, Inc.
  • Westchester Collectors, Inc.
  • West Potsdam Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
  • Williston Auctions, Inc.

This case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General In-Charge of the Rochester Regional Office Debra Martin, under the supervision of Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs Martin J. Mack.