Westchester County Legislators

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Chairman Michael Kaplowitz Statement on County Executive’s Veto of Gun Show Ban Legislation

I am disappointed that the County Executive has vetoed the Legislation which would ban gun shows at the Westchester County Center.  The preference to not use the County Center to sell guns was expressed by a majority of the Legislators and thousands of Westchester residents who signed a petition opposing the gun show.  There are countless alternative venues in Westchester County to hold a sale such as this and ignoring the will of the majority of residents and Legislators speaks to the political nature of this decision.

I will leave the option of overriding the County Executive’s veto on the table for the remainder of the Legislative term in hopes that a sufficient number of my colleagues will choose to join the majority who voted to ban the gun shows and override the County Executive’s veto.

I will also be voting in favor of a proposed local law that my Republican colleagues have submitted which would require all gun show operators at any site- public or private in Westchester County to adhere to the guidelines for gun show operations that have been established by the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  The Republican’s Legislation which was offered as a good faith compromise to banning the gun shows will ensure that all future gun shows in Westchester County follow the highest standards for safety and accountability.


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