Reaction mixed to gun show ban

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Many Westchester residents have a mixed reaction to the new law that permanently bans gun shows on all Westchester county-owned property.

County Executive George Latimer signed the first major piece of legislation passed by the new county board on Monday. Lawmakers passed the ban last week with a 12-5 vote supermajority that could have overridden a veto of the bill and made it a law even without the county executive's signature.
Every Democrat on the county board voted for the law. "The gun show is not the type of show that we wanted to have at a government-owned facility. Our ban did not affect what might happen in the private center but it did represent what we envision the County Center being the home for family-friendly types of activities,” says Latimer.

Not everyone is happy about this new law. In fact, the majority of comments on the News 12 Facebook page are against the legislation. Ed T. says “I'll just buy my guns and ammo in another county and give them the tax revenue FYI. Big Gun Show in Middletown.”  Paul S. says “What about the tens of thousands of people who want a gun show at the County Center?  No politician should be able, with the stroke of his pen, be able to enforce his personal agenda.”

This new law makes the ban permanent which means no future administration will be able to change it back to allow guns shows at the County Center or on any other county-owned property.

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