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.
Thursday, December 12 2013 12:32 AM EST2013-12-12 05:32:39 GMT
Voting ends Thursday on a measure that could decide whether a major industrial wind project in the Northeast Kingdom moves forward. The Seneca Mountain project calls for 20 turbines on ridge lines inMore >>
Voting ends Thursday on a measure that could decide whether a major industrial wind project in the Northeast Kingdom moves forward.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:37 PM EST2013-12-12 04:37:09 GMT
Vermont State Police say they're looking for a thief who made off with 50 gallons of diesel fuel. Authorities say it happened Wednesday morning at a farm on Shoreham Depot Road in Shoreham. They say anMore >>
Vermont State Police say they're looking for a thief who made off with 50 gallons of diesel fuel.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:34 PM EST2013-12-12 04:34:11 GMT
Family and friends of victims Amanda Murphy and Jason Timmons -- gathered in Wilder Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of the recently engaged couple and their unborn child. MoreMore >>
Family and friends of victims Amanda Murphy and Jason Timmons -- gathered in Wilder Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of the recently engaged couple and their unborn child.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:19 PM EST2013-12-11 22:19:28 GMT
Police say they've caught the man wanted for three bank robberies in the Upper Valley. James Oberfeldt, 30, of Claremont, is currently jailed in Massachusetts on a drug charge. Police say he's been identifiedMore >>
Police say they've caught the man wanted for three bank robberies in the Upper Valley.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:54 PM EST2013-12-11 23:54:10 GMT
Two men are behind bars after a burglary in St. Albans. Police arrested James Perron, 27, of St. Albans, and Eric Walsh, 34, Tuesday for allegedly stealing a safe containing $15,000 in cash. It happenedMore >>
Two men are behind bars in connection with a burglary in St. Albans.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:53 PM EST2013-12-12 00:53:13 GMT
Two Plattsburgh State students are under arrest in connection with a brawl outside a fraternity house. It happened last month outside the Alpha Chi Rho (AXP) house on Brinkerhoff Street. Police say itMore >>
Authorities say allegations of a sexual assault in Plattsburgh led to a brawl. Now, some fraternity brothers are facing charges and more could be coming.More >>