Democrats in the downstate New York suburbs of Westchester County want to stop a scheduled gun show in the area, but their efforts appear to be on track to be rebuffed by the Republican county executive.
Mike Kaplowitz, a Democrat and chairman of the Board of Legislators, accused County Executive Rob Astorino of playing politics when he scheduled the gun show — the first at the center in four years, LoHud.com reported.
“The speculation is this is just a crass political move on his part to garner support in the county for his upcoming runs for county executive and governor,” Kaplowitz said.
Kaplowitz threatened he would advance a bill that would instantly ban gun shows on county property so it’s voted on Jan. 9 – before the planned gun show on Jan. 21 and 22.
In response to banning gun shows, the board’s Republican caucus will offer a counter proposal establishing a law that would set up gun show procedures.
“We can take an important step in Westchester that will preserve the Constitutional protections of citizens while assuring the public that a proven successful procedure for the event is in place,” Republican Majority Leader John Testa said in the statement to LoHud.com.
According to the Daily Voice, Paul Feiner, a Democrat and town supervisor of Greenburgh, wrote in an email to residents is a “backward step” for the county. He later added, “Wonder if there are liability issues for the county if someone purchases a gun at the county office building and shoots someone negligently or intentionally?”