Westchester County Exec law to ban Gun Shows on County property passes Legislation

Westchester County Exec George Latimer (D) fulfills campaign promise to ban gun sales on county property

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

On his second day in office in January, Latimer signed an executive order banning gun shows. Weeks later, the County Legislators adopted the policy as a local law.

Deputy Community Executive Kenneth Jenkins, a former county legislator, first proposed the ban in 2010 after a gun show at Westchester County Center after he determined the show had racist and anti-Semitic literature present.

Yonkers County Legislator Virginia Perez (D) told Mid-Hudson Valley News she her brother died due to gun violence when he was shot during a robbery with an illegal gun. Perez said the new law will send the right message to county residents.

“We don’t want to promote a culture of guns, and weapons and ammunition and things like that nature,” Perez said to Mid-Hudson Valley News. “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.”

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