Sunday January 27, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The state-owned convention center in Albany welcomed droves of gun enthusiasts to its annual antique and collectible weapons show Saturday, a couple of weeks after New York lawmakers adopted tighter regulations on semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.

Unlike a contentious gun show this month in Saratoga Springs, there were no protest groups on hand when visitors began streaming in to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center for the annual Albany Gun Show.

But shoppers browsing tables filled with antique shotguns and rifles, and old war memorabilia, did have to deal with some new procedures.

The show operated under new rules that include requiring weapons to be tagged so their sales can be tracked and background checks conducted on buyers, state officials said.

The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association had a table at the show where patrons could sign a petition calling for the repeal of the state’s newly expanded restrictions on assault-style weapons.


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