To: Rob Astorino, County Executive, Westchester County
Ban Gun Shows at Westchester County Center
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Please permanently ban all gun shows at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY.
In 1999, gun shows were banned by former County Executive Andrew Spano in the wake of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. You also banned them temporarily in 2012 after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, when 20 students and six staff members were killed.
As Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has said, it is not the place of government to encourage gun ownership. Please respect the wishes of Westchester residents, parents, students, and taxpayers who do not wish to see our county buildings used to promote and facilitate gun sales.
Why is this important?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In December 2016, the Journal News revealed that County Executive Astorino will permit a new Gun Show to take place at Westchester County Center on January 21-22, 2017. In response, on January 9, the Westchester County Board of Legislators approved legislation to ban gun shows on all county property, by a vote of 9-8. County Executive Astorino is expected to veto the bill, and we expect to keep working to pass it, by obtaining enough votes to override the veto. We will deliver all signatures on this petition to the Westchester County Board of Legislators and County Executive Astorino in January 2017 before the vote.
Please SIGN THIS PETITION and visit our Take Action center at www.PreventGunViolence.org to see how you can help. Thank you!!
PERSONAL STATEMENT: As a Westchester resident, I am shocked and saddened by the recent horrific shooting of eight students and a faculty member at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. My friend Rachel was shot and killed by a 14-year-old playmate in 1982 when she was only 12 years old. Over 30,000 people die in the U.S. every year from gun violence, including suicide, homicide, and accidents.