Cuomo Backs Gun Show Set For Same Room Where He'll Announce Anti-Gun Measures

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | January 9, 2013 | 11:02 AM EST

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is expected to announce sweeping new gun laws in his State of the State address which he will deliver this afternoon at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY.

However, just days ago, Cuomo gave his blessing to a popular gun set to take place January 26-27, 2013 - in the same room where Cuomo will announce his anti-gun agenda today.

Cuomo's decision was met with backlash from gun control advocates.

According to TimesUnion:

"Despite protests from gun control advocates that it sends the wrong message, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he sees no reason why the state-owned convention center at Empire State Plaza shouldn't move forward with plans to host a gun show later this month.

"'If a contract has been made to hold an event, then I would have that go forward,' Cuomo, a Democrat, said during a Cabinet meeting. 'I understand the general concern, but these are individuals who have the right to sign a contract and if they did, they did.'"

The New York State Arms Collectors Association has hosted the show at the plaza's convention center for over 30 years, according to organizer Sandy Ackerman Klinger, and the event draws over 4,000 people.

All weapons are screened by State Police, tied down to tables and unloaded, she said.

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