From The Journal News’ Barbara Livingston Nackman:
Political fundraisers can often be scenes of fiery rhetoric, but how many can boast “dinner, drinks, pistol and rifle shooting”?
(Assemblyman) Steve Katz is hosting a political event Tuesday billed as a “one of a kind evening,” though he said today that no real guns will be fired and the event will feature simulations.
The invitation for fundraiser at a local security training center states “guests will have the opportunity to shoot AK-47s, Patrol Rifles, M4’s and a variety of Glocks,” according to the blurb sent to more than 2,200 people through Facebook, Twitter and via email.
His wife Nicole (pictured), even asks on her Facebook page if wearing stiletto heels would be too much.
The event has garnered some criticism from a gun-control advocate, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.
Also interesting? The guest list. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, is set to speak at the event, according to the invitation.
UPDATE: A Senate GOP spokesman called to say Skelos will no longer be appearing at the event.
Katz, a Yorktown, Westchester County Republican, was set to challenge Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, earlier this year before dropping his bid.
More from The Journal News report:
There won’t be actual shooting taking place, said Paladin Center’s owner, Felix Cartano, a police officer in Mamaroneck.
“Describing it like that is a surefire way to get us in trouble,” said a clearly alarmed Cartano Monday when asked about the event by The Journal News. He said about 75 people plan to attend.
There will be no shooting of live guns on the rooftop, he said. “Can you imagine how alarmed people would get about that?” His newly opened private business is a security training center for first responders and community leaders.
“One of the unique features is our simulated training environment, a 25,000-square-foot facility that simulates bars, restaurants, hospitals, schools – real world environments where disasters occur,” he said.