BUFFALO — Two major gun show operators have agreed to a set of rules that go beyond state law to thwart illegal sales, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday.
Niagara Frontier Collectors Inc. of Chautauqua County and NEACA Inc. in Saratoga County have agreed to tag guns brought to shows by private sellers to make it possible to monitor their sales and ensure that required criminal background checks are performed.
Both companies hold shows at venues throughout the state that attract hundreds of sellers and buyers. They worked with state officials to develop procedures that balance the rights of sportsmen and gun collectors with the need to protect the public, Schneiderman said during a news conference in Buffalo.
The show operators will post signs making clear that instant background checks are required for all sales and will make dealers available to perform them. They also will limit access doors to shows and monitor parking lots to deter sales to people trying to skirt background checks.