SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Directors of the Syracuse Gun Show, going on this weekend at the NY State Fairgrounds, said they've been voluntarily requiring background checks for all firearms buyers for more than a decade.
"Security for our vendors and security for everyone around," said Marc Loveland, one of the show's directors. "We don't want guns just walking out the door that haven't gone through the proper channels"
Now, the checks are required by state law. New York is one of only seven states in the country that requires background checks on all firearms at gun shows.
Gun owner Richard Wheeler says he it doesn't like it, but he's used to it.
"It just takes a lot more time, more paperwork, said Wheeler, who is from Wolcott, NY.
The show directors say the delay aggravates many buyers.
On Saturday, 4,000 people attended the gun show. Only 3 people were turned away from buying a gun after their background check was conducted at the designated background check booth. Each of those three people was told the FBI needed more time to complete their check. It is a process that can last a few days.
However, Loveland said he has also witnessed the background check work right on the spot.
"We've had times in the past where they've given us an immediate denial then actually called us back on the phone and asked if the person was still around," said Loveland.
Syracuse Gun Show directors believe every gun show across the country should follow suit.
"If the rest of the country has to do checks it'll make them in our league," said Douglas Roberts, a show co-director. "And that's a good thing."
Background checks became a requirement for those buying handguns, shotguns or rifles on March 15th, 2013.
A background check will be required for anyone buying ammunition starting January 15, 2014.For more information on the NY Safe Act click here.