2 North Country Gun Shows Agree To Stricter Rules
Two popular north country gun shows have agreed to follow stricter regulations from the state attorney general's office.
They're two of the most popular gun shows in the North Country: West Potsdam and Clayton.
Both draw big crowds and that means big business.
And both are among 23 shows agreeing to use new safety standards.
Attorney General Eric Schneidermann says the old rules "essentially guarantee that anyone who can't pass a background check can get a gun and get out of that gun show."
Schneidermann called for changes after a 2011 investigation confirmed what most of us already knew: people could buy guns at shows without undergoing background checks.
"The so-called 'gun show loophole' has been a problem across the county for years," Schneidermann said, "and I am very proud to say that in New York, working collaboratively with gun show operators, we've developed a model set of procedures."
The procedures include limiting the number of entrances, marking all guns brought in by customers and providing more security -- including having police patrol parking lots.
Most of these changes aren't anything new for organizers at the Clayton gun show, where they've been following stricter procedures for years.
"We're toeing the line of the law, and that's the way it should be done and that's the way it's done," Tony Pisarski said.
"We do not want illegal transactions going on at our gun show."
Gun show organizers need to balance between keeping things safe and keeping the crowds coming back for more.
Saturday, October 25, 2014, Watertown, NY
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