I wouldn’t doubt for a minute that people in Tompkins County own guns. Get outside the cities in Upstate NY and it’s VERY rural with LOTS of hunting.
Tells me the cities they’re visiting are surrounded by LOTS of gun owners. They’re just in the cities as a central location.
I live in CNY and hunting is VERY big around here. Far as I can tell, there are more guns and cows than people.
Tonpkins county - home of Ithaca. Arguably the most liberal city in the finger lakes.