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Assemblyman Abinanti Introduces Bill Banning Gun Shows On Public Property

Preng Menga of the Bronx examines a rifle on sale Sunday during a gun show at the Westchester County Center. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti. Photo Credit: File
Caps on sale at Sunday's gun show included one labeled "Rebel" with a Confederate flag design. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. --  State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) announced that he has introduced legislation (A. 456) to ban weapon promotion and sale on public property in New York.

“Governments should not be encouraging more guns in our communities,” said Abinanti in a release statement. “By hosting gun shows on public property, governments are putting their stamp of approval on bringing more guns into our communities. We should not be making it easier for gun sellers to display all types of weapons that might not otherwise be conveniently available in the average community.”

Abinanti introduced his bill after Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino authorized the first gun show at the Westchester County Center in four years. On Thursday, Jan. 19, Astorino vetoed a Westchester County Legislature’s bill to ban gun shows at the County Center.

As a County Legislator, Abinanti was an outspoken advocate and motivating force for the Westchester County Center gun show ban that began in 1998. Astorino ended the ban in 2010 and allowed gun shows until 2012.

Astorino cancelled gun shows in 2013 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and has now permitted this past weekend’s gun show as the first in four years.

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