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Latimer signs ban on gun shows on Westchester County property

Latimer surrounded himself with supporters for the signing on Monday

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed legislation on Monday that prohibits the sale of guns on county property.

On his second day in office last month, Latimer signed an executive order banning gun shows and weeks later, the county board of legislators adopted the policy as a local law.

With Latimer’s signing of the bill, it codifies the policy, banning such shows.

County Legislator Virginia Perez of Yonkers lost her brother to gun violence when he was shot dead during a robbery with an illegal gun. She said this new law will send a message to residents of Westchester.

“We don’t want to promote a culture of guns, and weapons and ammunition and things like that nature,” Perez said. “We need to be able to stop it as much as possible. We want to promote family venues, things that bring out communities together, things that help us create some form of a safe community, that help us teach our children that you don’t resolve your conflicts with violence.”

Deputy County Executive Kenneth Jenkins is a former county legislator who first proposed the ban in 2010 after a gun show at the County Center included literature of a racist and anti-Semitic nature.

Upon signing the new law, Latimer said, “Plain and simple, Westchester should not – and will not – profit off the sale of guns in our facilities.

 


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