ALBANY, N.Y. - A gun show that's been held in Albany at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center for three decades faced some scrutiny following the shooting in Newtown and the Governor's new gun law, but the show will go on as planned this weekend.
Set up for the show began Friday and the host, New York State Arms Collectors Association Inc., expects a large turnout.
NYS Arms Collectors Association Director Marc Loveland says it will be following all the rules in the New York SAFE Act but doesn't expect that to change operations at the show since an assault riffle ban already exists in the city of Albany.
"I think it goes to show that we run a pretty tight show that the Governor and the staff that he has still allows the show to be here and there's some procedural things people can't just walk through the parking lot with a rifle," said Marc Loveland Director NYS Arms Collectors Association.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Friday the newly-enacted "Model Gun Show Procedures" will be in place for this weekend's show at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center to make sure weapon sales are properly tracked and done safely.
The New York State Arms Collectors Association also puts on the Syracuse Gun Show at the state fairgrounds in April.
A key provision is making sure all guns private sellers bring to the shows are tagged and then checked later to determine if they were sold and confirm a background check was done on the buyer.
The rules also limit the number of entrance doors to improve monitoring.
The gun show expects to see its largest crowd yet. Many believe the new gun law is spurring the sale of more guns.
"Some people probably want to buy as much stuff as they possibly can before maybe rules get even stricter," said Loveland.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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