TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) - State Representative Clayton Luckie feels strongly aboutfirearms in the hands of criminals.
"I don't want guns from New Jersey to be coming to Dayton toOhio and committing crimes."
Representative Luckie is speaking out about what he calls amajor problem.
"This is an awareness, to put individuals on notice that runningthese gun shows that there are rules and regulations that they mustfollow."
Luckie says proper background checks are not in place for thosepurchasing a firearm from an independent seller.
"They must check ID's, they must check for fraudulent activity,they must make sure the person who they are is who they are."
Just last year, hidden cameras captured illegal gun sales at ashow in Sharonville and investigators say it was a similar scene atthe Bill Goodman Gun and Knife Show held at Hara Arena in Trotwoodin March 2009. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office conducted themonths-long investigation in an effort to uncover what he calls,the "gun show loophole," which allows private sellers to sell gunswithout conducting a background check. Gun show promoters say thereis no loophole. Brian Rothenberg from ProgressOhio.org doesn't seeit that way.
"It is easier in Ohio right now, to buy a gun than it is to buycold medicine behind the counter at your local drug store."
Rothenberg says he wants sellers to follow the law.
"The problem isn't that we're telling people that they shouldn'tbe able to buy guns at shows behind us. The problem is people skirtthe law and don't do background checks."
In 2009, Bill Goodman representatives told 2news they werelooking Federally Licensed Firearms Dealers, who are willing tovolunteer and conduct background checks for private sellers. Noword on if they were successful with that initiative.
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