In the past the Hudson Valley hosted a number of good gun shows. For a variety of reasons, over the years, the quality went down and shows became fewer and farther between.
One of the better ones was the Westchester show at the County Center. Andy Spano banned them from there when he was County Executive. Rob Astorino allowed them back after he was elected. Some complaints about the sale of militaria put them back on hold.
Now they’re back again with one set for January 21 & 22. Predictably some folks are trying to stir up trouble:
“The chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators vowed there will be a showdown on Jan. 9 over whether a gun and knife show can take place at the County Center in White Plains … “I support the Second Amendment, but it doesn’t have to be at the County Center,” BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz, a Democrat from Somers, said on Tuesday …”
The County Center is a good place due to it’s location, ample parking and proximity to Metro North.
What’s Kaplowitz’s real beef?
“… Kaplowitz accused Astorino of quietly lifting his ban on gun shows to allow the Jan. 21-22 firearms show at the County Center “in a play for Upstate support” — assuming Astorino attempts a second bid for governor. “It doesn’t play well in Westchester County,” Kaplowitz told Daily Voice …”
Pure politics. He wants to undermine a second gubernatorial bid by Astorino.
If gun shows weren’t popular in Westchester, the promoter would not have them there. They’re not a charity, they want to make money.
“… More than 3,600 people have signed this petition calling for a ban on Westchester gun shows …”
Who cares? As has been proven before, this is all the activism the antis are able to generate. They cannot get people to vote based upon the issue.
“… As a counter proposal to an outright ban, the Republican caucus is instead proposing a law that would establish gun show procedures. The bill, which would follow a model established by state Attorney General Eric T. Schiederman, would make residents “feel more secure” about gun shows by having strict requirements, the GOP caucus said in a joint statement. “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 …”
Good move by Astorino and Testa (who is an NRA member) calling the antis on their BS. Bonus for working Schneiderman’s proposal into the mix as it undermines Democrats on the county board. Republicans in Albany can learn from this.