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Democratic Legislators, Advocates, and Congresswoman Nita Lowey Call on County to Pass Gun Show Ban on County Property

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) Democratic Members of the Board of Legislators were joined at a press conference today by Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, Paul Yanovsky from the Newtown Action Alliance, as well as numerous advocates to call on the successful implementation of the ban of gun shows on County property. The vote on this measure, Act #9417, takes place this evening at 7pm. The Act was first proposed by Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) in 2010 and since has been sponsored by every member of the Democratic Caucus.

“Despite dramatic increases in incidents of gun violence, Republicans in Washington refuse to act on commonsense gun safety measures supported by the vast majority of Americans,” said Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, Ranking Democrat of the House Appropriations Committee. “A gun show simply must not be held on government property – period. Reinstatement of the gun show at the Westchester County Center would signal a success to those seeking to weaken our nation’s gun safety laws. I stand with our local legislators and activists, ready to work with my colleagues at all levels of government to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Our thoughts and prayers are no longer enough.”

“The Newtown Action Alliance supports the effort to ban Gun Shows from public property here in Westchester County,” said Steve Yanovksy, Communications Director for the Newtown Actions Alliance. “That is certainly not the intent for using taxpayer supported buildings,” concluded Yanovsky.

“There's a better chance that someone will lose their lives if they buy a gun than if they don't purchase a gun,” added Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner. “If people want to purchase guns they should purchase the guns at a gun dealership. The county should not be involved in encouraging people to buy guns. And government buildings should not be used for gun sales,” concluded Feiner.

“The support we have here today coupled with the passage of this act tonight will send a clear message to County Executive Astorino and my colleagues on the Board that this is the will of the residents of Westchester. We do not want their taxpayer funded facilities and parklands used to host exhibitions of weapons that are used to harm others,” said Legislator Ken Jenkins. “Our nation has seen too many horrific acts of violence take place, even just this past weekend, and the proliferation of weapons of any kind into our neighborhoods is something we must take a loud and firm stand against. I fully expect this act to pass tonight and hope the County Executive puts his constituents’ best interests ahead of his political aspirations and signs it as soon as it hits his desk,” added Legislator Jenkins.

PICTURED ABOVE: Photos from Today’s Press Conference of Members of the Board of Legislators, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, as well as other Advocates

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