Democrat John Plumb attended the Yates County Chapter of the Shooters Committee on Political Education's (SCOPE) 14th annual Meet the Candidates pig roast Saturday in Penn Yan and discussed his support of responsible gun ownership.

PENN YAN | Democrat John Plumb attended the Yates County Chapter of the Shooters Committee on Political Education’s (SCOPE) 14th annual Meet the Candidates pig roast Saturday in Penn Yan.

He discussed growing up in a small Southern Tier town. 

“I grew up in Randolph, New York, which is a small town that has a population of roughly maybe the size of this picnic,” he said.

Plumb, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, for the 23rd District congressional seat this November, also emphasized his stance on the Second Amendment.

“I was glad to attend the SCOPE picnic and meet and address a crowd of voters that – just like me and many of my friends – are responsible gun owners committed to defending the Second Amendment,” Plumb said in a statement.

Plumb said he is familiar with firearms due to his time spent in the military and deer hunting. 

“Whether hunting or throughout my 22 years in the military, I have been around guns most of my life and I know there is a lot they can teach us about safety and responsibility. The right of New Yorkers to own firearms is not only engraved in our Constitution, it is a part of our way of life in the Southern Tier and our rural communities throughout New York state,” he added.

The candidate has had a busy few days on the campaign trail. 

Plumb also attended the opening of the Yates County Democratic headquarters Sunday in Penn Yan.

His campaign released his second TV spot, titled “Deserve,” Monday morning.