State AG at Gun Show in Rochester
Rochester, NY - Among the estimated six thousand or so visitors this weekend to the Original Rochester Gun Show was State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He has touted a new agreement with some gun show operators to make sure background checks are properly handled for sales of guns.
It also requires that security is in place with clearly stated warning signs covering rules for a purchase. That includes the use of certain tags to track weapons at these shows. Schneiderman says "It just makes it more systematic. It's guaranteeing that there's controls at the exits and also the model procedures do require operators to scout the area around the show to make sure there's nothing going on there that shouldn't be going on. It's all common sense stuff."
The Attorney General's Office says undercover investigators found firearms were sold without proper background checks at some past shows and by private dealers.
But the operator of this show in the suburban community of Gates says they have always followed the law. Bernie Lusk of the Empire State Arms Association says "All of these so-called rules have been in effect right along with this group. The tagging system is nothing new. All we have done is to merely add a tag to the system we currently had had."
As for those who attended the show, a definite mix of opinions as to the visit by Schneiderman. Jim Millet says "I would say it's pretty common sense that with any kind of a background check. Any kind of gun sales, really at minimum background checks."
But Todd Marvin said "If there's something that's useful everyone is for it. If there's something that's not at all useful then it only bothers people who are collectors and it's just a big show to raise votes. 2014 is coming."