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Westchester County Not Renewing Contract For Annual Gun & Knife Show
cbslocal.com ^ | December 17, 2012

Posted on 12/17/2012 9:58:21 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — After a Westchester County town supervisor called for the annual gun show to be canceled following the Newtown, Conn. school shooting that left 26 teachers and students dead, the county announced it would not be renewing the show’s contract.

In a statement Monday, county officials said, “First and foremost, Westchester County mourns with the nation for the families who lost loved ones in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The county stands ready to assist the residents of Newtown, Connecticut in any way it can and specifically has made available its Psychological Response Team, a unit within the Department of Community Mental Health that provides recovery support for the victims of traumatic events.

In the days and weeks ahead, the county will review its own policies and procedures to see if anything can be done to prevent these senseless acts of violence in the future.

With respect to the Sportsmen Firearm and Knife Show at the County Center, there is no signed contract for this event in 2013. The shows in past years were popular and run in a thoroughly professional manner. But at this time as the country grieves the loss of life in Newtown, a contract renewal is not appropriate.

Going forward, the county plans to be fully engaged in the complex and comprehensive conversation of how all Americans can continue to live in an open society while preventing all acts of violence, especially those aimed at our children, and ensuring that those suffering from mental illnesses get the help they need when they most need it.”

The gun and knife show was set to take place at the Westchester County Center in White Plains Feb. 2-3.

The County Center is a government-owned building.

“It’s totally inappropriate to have a gun show in a government building. People have a right to purchase guns but there’s nothing in the Constitution that says that people should purchase guns in a taxpayer-funded building,” Greenburgh town supervisor Paul Feiner told WCBS 880 before the county announced the gun show was canceled.

In a statement, Feiner said: “Thank you, County Executive Rob Astorino for cancelling the gun show. And, thanks to the many residents of Greenburgh and Westchester for joining the effort to stop gun shows at government buildings. It’s my hope that this success will help to generate the momentum that will result in gun control legislation being approved by our nations leaders. Citizens can make a difference.”

Connecticut state police said school gunman Adam Lanza, 20, used a semi-automatic .223 Bushmaster rifle to kill 20 first graders and six teachers and administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, before using one of two semi-automatic handguns he was carrying to kill himself as SWAT teams closed in on him.

The annual gun and knife show was to be hosted by North East Gun Shows. According to the company’s website, shows were also planned in Stamford, Conn. and Waterbury, Conn. in early January.

“By allowing guns to be purchased at the county center, they’re sending a message that the county is encouraging people to purchase guns,” said Feiner earlier Monday. “Government should not be assuming the role of encouraging gun sales and encouraging more guns. We should be discouraging people from buying guns.”

According to the WCC’s website, the gun and knife show will have 350 tables with vendors selling military-style weapons, uniforms, ammunition and handguns, among other weaponry.

Police said Lanza was dressed in black tactical assault-style clothing and may have been wearing a bulletproof vest.

The Westchester gun show was canceled following the Columbine High School shooting massacre in 1999.


TOPICS: Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: banglist

1 posted on 12/17/2012 9:58:26 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

And what, exactly, does a gun and knife show have to do with the CT killings?


2 posted on 12/17/2012 10:01:41 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Tailgunner Joe
there’s nothing in the Constitution that says that people should purchase guns in a taxpayer-funded building

WTF is with these idiots?

3 posted on 12/17/2012 10:03:03 PM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Will they be canceling the car show after that big pileup on the interstate?
4 posted on 12/17/2012 10:03:08 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
the county announced it would not be renewing the show’s contract.

It will hurt the county more than the NRA.

5 posted on 12/17/2012 10:03:31 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: doc1019

Guns and knives are scary, they are evil and will possess the soul of good, honest, sane people and turn them into raving psychotic killers! And they can do this by simply being seen, so we must insure that no one has to risk being possessed so we will make it impossible for the public to see them!


6 posted on 12/17/2012 10:06:23 PM PST by Mastador1
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To: Brandonmark

>”there’s nothing in the Constitution that says that people should purchase guns in a taxpayer-funded building”<

Gee, don’t they charge rent to use the Facility, therefore filling the County’s Treasury?

Perhaps they should lease the Building to Planned Parenthood or CAIR.


7 posted on 12/17/2012 10:07:58 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (They Live, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses...)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Gun and knife shows are one of the *few* things that will rent municipal show spaces. Most of the other things that might rent such spaces go for private facilities instead.


8 posted on 12/17/2012 10:08:22 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Idiots! Somewhere else will reap the reward then. You have failed your citizens.


9 posted on 12/17/2012 10:13:56 PM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: Mastador1

Amen! Out of sight out of mind, therefore the only deaths will be attributed to martial causes.


10 posted on 12/17/2012 10:14:35 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Tailgunner Joe

...sounds to me like the RATS want people to boycott NYC during the holidays.....it only makes sense, so much crime,so much violence, so many regulations....AIN’T THAT RIGHT BLOOMBERG


11 posted on 12/17/2012 10:14:40 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Spktyr
Gun and knife shows are one of the *few* things that will rent municipal show spaces.

Government, as usual, cutting off its nose to spite its face. The county voters had better take action.

12 posted on 12/17/2012 10:17:05 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Police said Lanza was dressed in black tactical assault-style clothing and may have been wearing a bulletproof vest.

So what? He was probably wearing a watch an carrying a wallet. For all I know, he may have has a ring in his ear and a tattoo.

The facts of Lanza's mental condition is what is relevant and sadly we will never know.

13 posted on 12/17/2012 10:17:44 PM PST by oyez (Hell must be a Gun Free Zone.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Gordon Liddy said it best on closing the “gun show loophole.” He said “I’m a convicted felon. If I want a gun I’m not going to a gun show or store to get one. I’ll go to Rocco who I met in the joint and buy one out of his car trunk.”


14 posted on 12/17/2012 10:22:47 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Will they be canceling the car show after that big pileup on the interstate? “

Cliose all the lumber yards, a lot of people have been killed after being hit in the head with a 2x4!!

When I was in high school 60 years ago the gangs were killing each other with chains, knifes, and 2x4s so they better outlaw chains also!


15 posted on 12/17/2012 10:24:03 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Eliminate Homeland Security and issue a handgun to every airline passanger.


16 posted on 12/17/2012 10:26:16 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Tax payers monies kill babies everyday. Only its called abortion


17 posted on 12/17/2012 10:28:02 PM PST by easternsky
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To: neverdem

ping


18 posted on 12/17/2012 10:34:14 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Brandonmark

“WTF is with these idiots?”

Liberals are brain-dead idiots, morons and imbeciles. You don’t have to ask how and why they are.


19 posted on 12/17/2012 11:01:44 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: max americana
Liberals are brain-dead idiots, morons and imbeciles. You don’t have to ask how and why they are.

You are right...they pretty much define themselves by their words and actions!

20 posted on 12/17/2012 11:06:59 PM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Besides being anti-gun, this is just more “we can’t be insensitive” crap which has gone overboard in our country.


21 posted on 12/17/2012 11:24:31 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
They want to punish the law abiding citizen, don't they. I think it's fair to say that most new age liberals are insane; the progressives are in a stage of we can push for anything since we got Obama in for a second time. Most of us know that the liberal polices in which they set in place are the root of most of our problems from top to bottom. We can't get rid of these kinds of politicians with people like Boehner and his posse. The few want to cause havoc for the many; try to take away people's rights to defend themselves against tyranny. This overreach of power is becoming quite dangerous.
22 posted on 12/18/2012 12:46:17 AM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Bunch of liberal phonies trolling for votes. I’ll bet their county Gov’t sessions have a visible police presence. I’ll bet some of these hypocrites have guns at home. You would be surprised how many libs and Democrats like their rifles and guns as much as our side does. I would say its about equal

When you see headlines “Gun sales going through the roof!!!” Half of those sales are to libs


23 posted on 12/18/2012 12:54:04 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything)
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To: doc1019

It is not specifically the “Gun & Knife” show that is being targeted, it is a new push to anything and anyone related to guns the next demon.

Gun owners will now be treated like smokers or child molesters. Anyone associated with guns will now be considered EVIL.


24 posted on 12/18/2012 2:38:32 AM PST by CapnJack
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To: doc1019

And what, exactly, does a gun and knife show have to do with the CT killings?


Nothing, it’s political theater and looks good at the present moment. Wait until their “constituents” get back to them and inform them about the imminent loss of their positions.


25 posted on 12/18/2012 2:41:06 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Gordon Liddy said it best on closing the “gun show loophole.” He said “I’m a convicted felon. If I want a gun I’m not going to a gun show or store to get one. I’ll go to Rocco who I met in the joint and buy one out of his car trunk.”


I had to chuckle over this one. I heard the same thing back in the early 70’s when I went to a tech school in NYC. If a criminal wants a gun he can get one faster than a law-abiding citizen. It might cost more but there is no paperwork trail either.

So what will it take for the MSM and these “Politicians” to admit that criminals are criminals because they don’t give a damn about the laws these yahoos lobby for and pass.


26 posted on 12/18/2012 3:01:23 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: CapnJack

Only if we allow ourselves to be.

Smokers could have turned the tide on this demonization if they had stuck together and forced the fact that they too have rights.

The same goes for gun owners. If we let the left demonize us without fighting back, we deserve to lose our rights. We have to get right in their faces and argue our points just as vehemently and, if necessary, violently as they do.

Our forefathers fought and died for our rights; are we going to give them up just because someone talks bad about us or hurts our feelings?


27 posted on 12/18/2012 3:07:44 AM PST by Have Ruck - Will Travel (Hmm, I wonder what would happen if I...)
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To: Alaska Wolf

I see this as a states right. New York does not want these shows anymore just as South Carolina just put rules on Obamacare making it hard to implement. No difference really except we accept one but not the other.


28 posted on 12/18/2012 4:07:35 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Brandonmark
Read the last word that you printed... there is your answer. These cretins have been calling for gun laws to be enacted that are already on the books... they do not even know anything about reality... they all wing it because (read your last word). What we need is for GOD to be put back into our schools and back into society and the war that the left has been waged upon HIM needs to stop. GOD will stop it HIMSELF if they do not.

LLS

29 posted on 12/18/2012 4:40:00 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

bump for future use....


30 posted on 12/18/2012 5:30:07 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Westchester NY County Executive Rob Astorino a “Catholic” “Republican” cancelled the gun show? I think he is up for re-election next year. I’m making a list of politicians that think our constitution is toilet paper and I will never ever vote for them regardless of whom they are running against.


31 posted on 12/18/2012 5:50:20 AM PST by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: napscoordinator
I see this as a states right.

I have no problem with the county doing as it wishes. If they are willing to absorb the financial loss, it's no skin off my nose.

32 posted on 12/18/2012 12:26:37 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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