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Vt. gun show to require checks on all buyers

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

This is the seventh year Bill Borcher has been organizing a series of Green Mountain Gun and Knife shows across the state.

But this is the first year patrons will be required to provide a photo ID and submit to a federal background check if they plan to purchase a firearm.

"Everybody is on board with this," Borcher said. "We all feel the same way. Nobody wants to see a felon get a gun. That's the bottom line."

Borcher says he hopes to close the so-called gun show loophole, where private vendors who are not federally licensed are not required to run background checks. At Borcher's show, all vendors must comply with his new rules.

"We all agree that nobody wants to sell a gun to a felon and if we can extend that security and that safety for the people who are attending our show and leaving, we're going to do that," Borcher said.

The first show starts this Saturday in South Burlington. Police there say they're surprised and impressed by the move.

"In this case it closes the gap so that people who are purchasing firearms are people who by federal law should be able to purchase firearms," South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple said.

Those who are flagged for firearms convictions, felonies or who have restraining orders out against them will not be able to buy any firearms at any of Borcher's seven shows.

"It provides for a person who should not purchase a firearm another obstacle," Whipple said.

There are seven other shows in the Green Mountain Gun Show trail-- in Hartford, Brattleboro, Rutland, Middlebury and Chester.

Borcher says he has had a longstanding relationship with his vendors, and trusts that they will all defer to those vendors who are federally licensed to run the background checks on their behalf before the transactions are made.

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