Gun sellers from Erie, Genesee, Orleans and Ulster county were among those nabbed in the sting operation. The attorney general’s office said undercover agents purchased firearms – including three assault rifles—at six gun shows statewide earlier this year.
The sellers were each charged with a class A misdemeanor of “failure to conduct a background check at a gun show.”
Schneiderman’s office also announced it would send subpoenas to gun-show operators compelling them to testify. They are also sending cease-and-desist letters to the gun shows where violations were uncovered to immediately stop the unlawful sales.
“The illegal sale of guns at gun shows endangers the public by giving felons, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill an open and anonymous marketplace to buy guns without a background check,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
Among the 10 people charged were Dan Kowalczewski of Cheektowaga, Erie County; Christopher Sterling of Alden, Erie County; William Smith of Corfu, Genesee County; Peter Tric of Kingston, Ulster County; and Daniel Heinsler of Waterport, Orleans County.