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Westchester officials push to ban gun shows on county-owned property

Gun show that is returning to Westchester County causes controversy among local legislators

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Westchester Democrats are making one final push to propose legislation that was first introduced in 2010 to ban the hosting of firearms sales on county-owned property.

A special meeting was held at the Westchester County Office Building in White Plains to address the use of a county facility to promote the sale of guns.

“There should not be gun shows in our county center. Using county facility, county resources, county police officers, county taxpayers money to support gun shows. We're not prohibiting second amendment rights because we aren't prohibiting gun shows elsewhere, but we just don't think it should take place on county park land," Democratic Majority Leader Catherine Borgia contested.

Though not all agree with the push to ban gun shows, Board of Legislators Minority Leader John Testa said says doing so is discriminating against certain types of shows that support constitutional rights.

"The county uses this as a rental facility for many shows of many different types. We shouldn't be discriminating against one group over another. We shouldn't cancel out one group of our communities constitutional rights as law-abiding citizens,” Testa said.

The show had been on hiatus for years after the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticticut. But in the past, the gun show had been one of the most well-attended attractions, pulling in nearly $30,000 in funds for the county in just one weekend.

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