Saturday, January 7, 2017




Westchester gun show compromise advanced by GOP legislators

WHITE PLAINS – As the Westchester County Board of Legislators is poised to vote Monday on a ban on gun shows in county facilities, minority Republicans on the board Friday proposed legislation that would require all gun show operators at any location in the county to adopt operational guidelines recommended by the state attorney general.

Procedures would include that any guns brought into a gun show by private sellers would have to be tagged so that, upon exiting, the operator can determine if guns were sold and that a proper background check was performed; that written notice be given to all dealers that state law requires a National Instant Criminal Background Check be completed before all firearm sales or transfers; and to limit the number of access doors at the show so that sellers and buyers must come and go where the background check procedures can be monitored.

“Simply banning gun shows at the County Center still allows, in fact, encourages gun show operators to find private venues to hold gun shows where there is no opportunity for oversight by the county,” said Republican John Testa.


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