Las Vegas shooting reignites gun control debate in Westchester

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The mass shooting in Las Vegas has reignited the gun control debate in the Hudson Valley, as local lawmakers take action to stop a Westchester gun show from happening.

Gun control advocates gathered outside the Westchester County Center calling on lawmakers from Westchester to Albany to Washington to pass what they call common sense gun laws.

“There are certain weapons that are so dangerous that they should not be in private hands,” said state Sen. George Latimer, candidate for county executive.

Latimer challenged his Republican opponent Rob Astorino to ban the controversial gun shows at the County Center. Astorino brought back the show this year after it was suspended following the Sandy Hook mass shooting

The promoter’s website says the gun show will return.  It is being advertised to be held Jan. 20 and Jan. 21.

Officials in Astorino's office are denying it, telling News 12 that “there is no contract for a gun show, nor are there any discussions for one at the County Center.”

Democratic County Legislator Catherine Parker wants to take the decision out of Astorino’s hands by getting her colleagues to override an earlier veto by Astorino that allowed the gun show.  She insists Astorino is not being straight with people.

“It’s unfortunate that the county executive's administration is kind of playing a game with the public right now as far as what their intentions really are,” she says.

A spokeswoman for Astorino released a statement attacking George Latimer as an opportunist using a horrific tragedy for political gain.

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