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WC legislators urge permanent ban on gun convention

County Executive Astorino banned this year's gun show following the events in Newtown, Conn. (12/21/12)

WHITE PLAINS - Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has banned this year's gun show following the tragedy in Newtown, but local lawmakers say the measure is not stringent enough.

The annual show takes place at the County Center in White Plains. However, in light of last week's shooting, Majority Leader Pete Harckham, along with other Democratic leaders, is proposing a permanent ban on all future shows.

Official legislation has yet to be drafted, but Democrats say they plan to have it written by January.

In a statement, Astorino said "the best approach would be for legislation to follow a comprehensive examination of all the factors that may contribute to violence in our society today, including movies, video games and mental health issues, as well as gun sales."

Astorino brought back the show in 2010 after it was prohibited for more than a decade.
 

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