Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached a deal in which 23 gun-show operators, representing 80 percent of shows in the state, agreed to follow a set of standardized safety procedures, including ensuring background checks on every gun sold.
Five more gun operators are reviewing the procedures. Schneiderman hopes the procedures will be universally adopted by the end of the 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,” Schneiderman said in a statement Thursday.
Schneiderman said the procedures are unique to New York and the first time law enforcement and gun show operators worked together to stop 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,” he said.
The attorney general’s office developed the safety standards after a 2011 investigation of gun shows found that private sales frequently occurred without background checks.
The operators include those that put on shows in Rochester, Elmira, White Plains and many other New York towns.
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