Attorney General Eric Schneiderman negotiated the agreement, which comes as Congress debates whether to require universal background checks for gun sales, including private sales at gun shows. State law has required such checks since 2000, but Schneiderman said there was ample evidence they were not always done. His investigators, posing as buyers in 2011, were able to purchase firearms even after they told the sellers that they had orders of protection against them, in which case they would fail background checks. Under the new procedures, gun show operators are to track the firearms that go in and out of their events. Most shows will use a system in which guns brought by private sellers are tagged at the show's entrance with the name of the owner or seller and the gun's serial number.
Twenty-three gun show operators, responsible for more than 80 percent of the gun shows in New York, have agreed to new procedures to ensure that criminal and mental health background checks are conducted on buyers, says the New York Times. The deal was reached after undercover agents from the state attorney general's office were able to buy weapons, including three AR-15 rifles, without any screening at half a dozen gun shows around the state.