SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Former Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Capt. Mark Kelly took a tour Sunday at the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair, seeing changes made in New York State to close the gun show loophole.
They wanted to witness first hand Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's model gun show procedures and make them a reality across the nation.
"Making sure that guns go not leave this gun show in the wrong hands and it's a simple procedure and saw it in effect today," Capt. Kelly says. "Now is the time to come together, be responsible, Democrats, Republicans everyone," Giffords added.
Right now at the Federal level there is no requirement for national background checks at gun show, but states like New York are working to fix that loophole in a number of ways.
For example: operators are expected to provide computer systems for sellers, to do national background checks on buyers, and there's a limited number of exits so that no buyer can leave without proper documentation of a sale.
"They tag all the guns coming in to identify who brings it in, and if you buy that gun you can't get out if you're not the guy who brought it in without showing you had a background check," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says. But not everyone is on board with new regulations.
Protesters lined the streets outside the gun show, protesting the Safe Act. Organizers of the Grassroots Coalition say the state is going is imposing on second amendment rights, and the real solutions lies elsewhere.
"Criminals are going to acquire guns through illegal channels the way criminals have always acquired guns. Also the universal background check is a one time check that happens on a buyer. We don't know what happens in that buyers life from the point that they purchase the gun until the time that something happens," Jake Palmateer says.
However, Cathy Fleming, a resident of Saratoga Springs, feels differently. "We need regulation because obviously without it it's not working. People are dying."
The development of the model procedures grew out of an undercover investigation conducted by the Attorney General's office in 2011 that uncovered the frequency of private sales without background checks.
Right now nearly three dozen owners covering more than 80 gun shows in New York have now signed the protocols.