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Largest Pa. gun show says no to assault rifles
philly.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Jeremy Roebuck

Posted on 01/15/2013 10:42:26 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

Pennsylvania gun owners threatened to boycott the state's largest hunting and fishing expo Tuesday after organizers announced that they would ban the display and sale of assault rifles at this year's show. Reed Exhibitions, a British-based company that runs the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg each February, notified vendors of the change in policy over the last several days, a company representative confirmed to The Inquirer.

The presence of so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines might have served as "a distraction" from other aspects of the event in the wake of the recent school shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the ensuing national debate about gun policy, said Ed Several, a senior vice president for the company's North American operations.

"Given the current climate with those products right now, we thought, 'Let's take a break for a year,' " Several said. "There's so much more to the show."

The decision came two months after the company announced that this year's expo would feature several tactical-firearms vendors for the first time.

By late Tuesday, a news release on the show's website was replaced with a statement explaining the organizer's change of heart.

As news leaked out earlier in the day, it angered gun-rights advocates.

"I'm outraged that the show would just roll over when it comes to the Second Amendment," read a comment on the show's Facebook page. "We will probably be seeking a refund."

Another comment: "Sellouts! Say goodbye to my family and money."

Many called for a boycott.

Since the announcement, from three to five exhibitors of the 1,200 scheduled for the expo have dropped out, Several said. Other vendors have urged the company to reconsider its ban.

"As a hunting-focused event, we welcome exhibitors who wish to showcase products and firearms that serve the traditional needs of the sport," Several said. "Clearly, we strongly support the Second Amendment."

Debate since the Newtown shootings has centered on AR-style rifles and high-volume magazines used by the shooter.

Gun-control advocates have called for state and federal bans, while firearms enthusiasts insist the weapons have lawful roles in sports such as hunting.

Even what to call the firearms has become a point of contention. Gun-control advocates use the term assault rifle, but groups such as the National Rifle Association maintain that such descriptions are inflammatory and encourage other terms, such as modern sporting rifles.

The uproar in Pennsylvania came as legislators in New York state were approving the toughest gun laws in the country, and one day before President Obama was set to unveil recommendations of a task force led by Vice President Biden and charged with examining ways to curb gun violence.

Shira Goodman, head of the gun-control group CeaseFirePA, hailed the show's decision as a welcome development in the debate.

"Banning those kinds of weapons at a gun show is a tacit acknowledgment that as a nation we will at least have a conversation about those guns," she said. It "shows that the exhibit organizer is trying to be a part of the solution."

Several resisted efforts to read too much into the decision.

"It's a very small, small part of the show," he said of the expo, which also features exhibitors peddling everything from camouflage clothing to camping supplies.

Several Pennsylvania firearms vendors scheduled to exhibit at the show did not return calls for comment.

Many were attending the National Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, another Reed-run gun show expected to draw tens of thousands to Las Vegas over the next three days.

Steve Sanetti, chairman of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, welcomed manufacturers and shoppers to that event Tuesday with a speech in which he defended the industry.

"We are not the evildoers. You did not cause the monstrous crime in Newtown, and neither did we," he said. "Ours is a responsible industry that manufactures and sells lawful products to law-abiding citizens, who, in turn, exercise their constitutional right to own, use, and enjoy firearms safely and responsibly for lawful purposes."


TOPICS: US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 01/15/2013 10:42:32 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Even in Liberal Austin Texas we don’t fool around with such nonsense.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/texas/article_0e4dbb97-dde6-5b0c-a72c-e949b6aa5896.html


2 posted on 01/15/2013 10:46:55 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Is Piers Morgan their spokesmodel?


3 posted on 01/15/2013 10:48:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
—>>Pennsylvania gun owners threatened to boycott the state's largest hunting and fishing expo

Boycott it. Find a new sponsor; begin a new show/traditional marketing.

4 posted on 01/15/2013 10:49:49 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Reed Exhibitions, a British-based company that runs the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg each February

Brits running Pennsylvania's largest gun show? Does that make sense?

5 posted on 01/15/2013 10:50:13 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
No more Remington 8's produced in 1906?


6 posted on 01/15/2013 10:54:15 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I envision empty parking lots.


7 posted on 01/15/2013 10:54:26 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Alaska Wolf; P.O.E.

As badly as the city of Harrisburg needs money, this will do them a world of hurt. People come from all over the place for this show. Not this year if this madness stands.


8 posted on 01/15/2013 10:58:38 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
No C96 Mausers made in 1896?


9 posted on 01/15/2013 10:59:28 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Christie at the beach

Don’t just threaten to boycott it, do it.


10 posted on 01/15/2013 10:59:47 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: philetus
Yes, if they are serious in their threats, show it.

People have to push back at the local and grassroots regardless of any negativity the lousy media would report.

11 posted on 01/15/2013 11:07:49 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Great Gun Show at the AZ State Fair Grounds in Phoenix this weekend, 19-20 January. 5 buildings and an outside tent.
See’ya there!


12 posted on 01/15/2013 11:13:05 PM PST by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

In other news, Pennsylvania’s “largest” gun show is no longer the largest as vendors and attendees stay away in droves.


13 posted on 01/15/2013 11:13:18 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Reed Exhibitions runs a lot of the big trade/merchandise shows. They’ve run the PGA Show (next week in Orlando) for years now. I’ve dealt with them for years and never knew they were British based.


14 posted on 01/15/2013 11:21:47 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Focus the boycott around the Second Amendment issues, not around a specific weapon.

Educate the people and the sheeple with facts and logic, not rants and anger.

Show the people that legal gun-owners are polite, knowledgeable and law-abiding folks, just like their neighbors.

Best way to defeat the Left is to anticipate their hate-filled rants and rallies with “love and lollypops” and some good literature on the Second Amendment.

They can’t stand niceness, and they hate logical, rational and legally-aware people.

Good! Let’s piss them off big-time!


15 posted on 01/15/2013 11:25:10 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I wouldn’t even consider attending such an exercise in anti-Americanism.


16 posted on 01/15/2013 11:38:31 PM PST by Standing Wolf
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“Reed Exhibitions, a British-based company that runs the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show”

Says it all.

Why are a bunch of red-coat idiots running an American gun show?????


17 posted on 01/16/2013 12:00:00 AM PST by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Anyone care to define an “assault weapon”?

*crickets*


18 posted on 01/16/2013 2:06:05 AM PST by Cololeo
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Two of my FFL friends/retailers have pulled-out, solely on 2nd Amendment Principle. (Just talked to both of them yesterday afternoon about some pre-Christmas ordered Crimson Trace green laser grips for my 2 1911 Kimbers.)

They only have a few newly-arrived ARs/AKs/SCAR/SKS left/reserved for the show, but will now sell them all retail at their daily-mobbed stores, and save the money/time/labor and stay home to tend to their stores and customers.

I suspect others will follow.


19 posted on 01/16/2013 2:38:55 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s/15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: mylife
No C96 Mausers made in 1896?

Well, not that one anyway. That Mauser is a select fire C96 first manufactured in 1932.

Most Mauser C96s had fixed magazines and were charged with stripper clips.


20 posted on 01/16/2013 2:53:37 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This story I am not so much against. The company decided not to sell assault weapons. Isn’t that a company making their OWN decision? At least the government is not telling them to stop. I think this is a capitalistic move.


21 posted on 01/16/2013 3:19:22 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

22 posted on 01/16/2013 3:27:24 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: mylife

Please, that Mauser pic is giving me something I mustn’t describe here.


23 posted on 01/16/2013 5:33:30 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Christie at the beach
Brit company trying to curry "favour" with the regime. They think that if they get out in front and show the administration that they are being cooperative that they'll get something in return. Why, Vice President Biden might even show up at the show! It would be just like having one of The Royals show up at your event!

Hey Brits! Old Irish term: Boycott.

24 posted on 01/16/2013 5:59:32 AM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor was all I could take.)
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