posted on March 15, 2013 14:03
Most of New York's gun show operators have agreed to abide by the state's new rules meant to ensure that weapon sales are properly tracked.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says 23 operators have agreed to follow the "Model Gun Show Procedures" while another five operators are still reviewing them. Two others agreed to the rules last year.
The rules require that all guns brought to shows are tagged and checked later to determine whether they were sold and a background check was run on the buyer. The rules also limit the number of entrances to shows and call for law enforcement to be notified when shows are happening so that they can patrol the area to prevent illegal sales outside of the shows.
A Chautauqua County man is the first person arrested under New York's new gun control law.
Benjamin Wassell of Silver Creek is accused of twice selling weapons now prohibited under the NY SAFE Act. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the sales to an undercover State Police investigator took place in Hanover.
A new bill is being pushed in Albany that would ban children from gun shows in New York State.
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal would bar children under the age of 12 from entering a gun show. Rosenthal says society has placed reasonable restrictions on children watching violent films or playing video games, but they currently have unfettered access to gun shows.
A budget deal could be announced within the next 24 hours.
Legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly say they remain "hopeful" a deal can be reached with Governor Cuomo for the 2013-2014 fiscal year soon.
Lawmakers have said they want to have a budget deal by March 21st, which would be ten days before the April 1st deadline.