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New guidelines to be followed at Saratoga Springs Arms Fair

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- For months, gun show promoter Dave Petronis worked with the attorney general's office to develop new guidelines for vendors who buy and sell guns at his shows.

"When they leave the gun show, we want to make sure the gun was sold to a responsible person," says Petronis.

This after undercover investigations by the state revealed that illegal gun sales were taking place in parking lots right outside of the Arms Fair and other guns shows throughout New York according to the attorney general's office.

"You really can't control everything here at the City Center," says Petronis.

"The problem is that this creates a forum that people who want to sell them illegally can do that," says Susan Steer of the Saratogians for Gun Safety group.

But for the first time, lawmakers and gun show operators like Petronis worked together and agreed to new, stricter guidelines to control what happens inside these shows

The guidelines include tags with more information on them, making it easier for authorities to track where and when a background check was done. Petronis says vendors will also keep the tags for a minimum of three years.

And starting Saturday even private sales will have to go through a dealer to ensure that a NIC, or a National Instant Criminal background check, is done.

Vendors will also notice more signs posted throughout the venue alerting everyone to the new rules and mandatory checks.

Joseph Albano says the state government needs to focus other ways to prevent gun violence.

"When a person gets denied, no one does anything after the denial process," says Albano. "We should have to call the local authorities and have them report it."

Many vendors say they've already been following many of these new rules.

The shows promoter also tells NEWS10 there will be more guards present at this weekend's show to show people which entrances they can enter in and out of with guns.

 

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