Photos of the Day: County Executive Latimer Signs Executive Order Banning Gun Shows on County-Owned Property. Board of Legislators Says they Will Move to Legislate the Ban in Perpetuity

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COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER ARRIVES AT COUNTY CENTER FOR NEWS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING BANNING OF GUN SHOWS ON ALL WESTCHESTER COUNTY-OWNED PROPERTY. GUNSHOWS ARE STILL PERMITTED TO BE STAGE IN PRIVATELY OWNED FACILITIES.

“Westchester County government should not be in the business of advancing the sale of weapons and other items often sold at gun shows – plain and simple,” said Latimer. “This is not a restriction on gun shows in the entire county, but rather just on public land.”

Text from the Executive Order states that “WHEREAS, reactional County facilities always serve our residents best when used for sporting events, concerts, trade shows, and educational opportunities for our youth. Gun shows are not what taxpayer financed property should be used for.”

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DEPUTY COUNTY EXECUTIVE KEN JENKINS SAID HE WAS PLEASED THAT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ECHOED THE LEGISLATION HE INTRODUCED IN 2016, TO BAN GUN SHOWS WHICH WAS VETOED BY FORMER COUNTY EXECUTIVE ROBERT ASTORINO. ASTORINO HAD REINSTATED GUN SHOWS, RESCINDING THE ORIGINAL BAN PUT INTO EFFECT BY COUNTY EXECUTIVE ANDY SPANO IN 1999 AFTER THE COLUMBINE SHOOTING.

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WHITE PLAINS DISTRICT 5  COUNTY LEGISLATOR BENJAMIN BOYKIN, SAID THE BOARD OF LEGISLATORS WOULD INTRODUCE LEGISLATION ASSURING THE EXECUTIVE ORDER WOULD BECOME COUNTY LAW “IN PERPETUITY.”

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VARIOUS COUNTY LEGISLATORS EACH SPOKE ON THE MENACE OF GUN VIOLENCE IN THEIR DISTRICTS AND PRAISED THE EXECUTIVE ORDER AS RETURNING TO “WESTCHESTER VALUES.”

MR. LATIMER SAID BANNING GUNSHOWS WAS ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS STRONGLY SUPPORTED, NOTING HIS WINNING 57% OF THE VOTE COMPARED TO 43% FOR HIS OPPONENT, MR. ASTORINO, AND HE, LATIMER WAS FOLLOWING THROUGH ON THAT PROMISE.

HE ADDED THAT THE GUN SHOW HELD LAST JANUARY IN THE COUNTY CENTER CONTAINED CONFEDERACY MEMORABILIA  AND NAZI PUBLICATIONS WHICH HAD SPARKED WIDESPREAD CRITICISM OF THE GUN SHOW.

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