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County Executive Latimer signs order banning gun shows on county propertyPosted: Updated:
Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed an executive order Tuesday prohibiting gun shows from being held on county property.
The well-attended knife and gun show that was held at the Westchester County Center last year drew around 7,500 people.
Despite the show's popularity, it generated controversy as photos from the show circulated showing a vendor selling items such as Confederate flags and books on Nazis.
Some residents and lawmakers called for a ban to any Westchester gun show, saying the government should not be in the business of advancing the sale of weapons and other items sold at gun shows.
County Executive Latimer says the ban is not a restriction on gun shows in the entire county, but just on public land.
Nearly 18,000 residents in Westchester County are pistol permit holders, and some gun owners are concerned the ban punishes people who want to enjoy their sport.
“If we go through the process the right way and learn about firearms the right way, how come it has to be taken away from us when we're not doing anything wrong?” asks Denine Timlin, owner of RT Smoke and Gun Shop.
The county executive is now pushing the County Board to pass a ban which he would then sign into law.
News 12 reached out to Westchester Collectors Inc., the group that puts on the show, but has not heard back.