The Westchester Collectors have been hosting gun shows on and off since the early 1980s at the Westchester County Center. Ever since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012, the county stopped scheduling them. Next month, they will host their first one in four years, featuring a 350-table sportsman firearm and knife show and sale on January 21 and 22.
Westchester Democrats first placed a ban guns shows in the county center after the 1999 Columbine massacre in Colorado. County Executive, Republican Rob Astorino, a strong proponent of gun rights, lifted the ban in 2010.
Along with the show, firearms, ammunition, handguns, knives and other weapons will be available for purchase. There will also be books on guns and other memorabilia on sale.
“I don’t believe that gun shows should be held in government buildings,” said Paul Feiner, Democratic town supervisor of Greensburg. “The county should not encourage people to purchase guns. If people want to buy guns they should purchase guns elsewhere at private locations.”
Feiner and other gun control lobbyists plan to write Astorino and the Board of Legislators urging them to cancel the show.