Saturday, October 3, 2015

Greenburgh Supervisor Calls For Ban On County Center Gun Shows

By Carol Reif, 10/3/2015
Cross-posted from Greenburgh Daily Voice

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is again calling for a ban on gun shows in government-owned buildings like the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner is once again pushing for a ban on gun shows in government-owned buildings.

Feiner, in a recent letter to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, reiterated his long-held belief that it is inappropriate to sell firearms at places like the County Center in White Plains – especially, he said, in light of this week’s massacre at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.

According to media reports, a gunman there killed nine people and wounded nine others before being killed himself in a firefight with police.

Feiner said he felt that “the easy availability of guns could be a factor in the recent Oregon tragedy and in gun violence incidents around the nation.”

In his letter, Feiner said that Astorino “courageously” cancelled the gun show at the County Center in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six educators were gunned down.

But the county allowed gun shows to resume there the following year, Feiner said. In his letter to Astorino, Feiner also noted that the gun shows were banned by former County Executive Andrew Spano in 1999 after 12 students and one teacher were slain at Columbine High School in Colorado.

Feiner said that while he believes people have the right to purchase and own guns, he also believes that “government should not be encouraging gun ownership.”

In his letter to Astorino, Feiner noted that he wasn’t aware of any gun shows scheduled for the County Center for 2016. However, he told the county executive, “the site leads one to believe that a gun show will be scheduled at the center next year.”   Feiner said in the letter that since no gun show appears to be currently scheduled, it would not “inconvenience” anyone if future gun shows were banned.