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Local gun shops react to weapons ban at Harrisburg outdoors show (Hires PR firm to make statement)
York Daily Record ^ | 01/22/2013 | STEPHANIE REIGHART

Posted on 01/22/2013 3:44:17 PM PST by Second Amendment First

York, PA -

Wayne Shuler usually visits the annual Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show three times every year in Harrisburg.

This year will be different for the manager of Deer Valley Sporting Goods in West Manchester Township.

In light of the ban of the display and sale of so-called assault weapons, he's not sure he'll attend at all.

"I haven't decided if I'll go," Shuler said. "But I know I won't go three times."

And Shuler is not alone.

A growing number of vendors and patrons are opting to boycott the event entirely. A group called "ESOS Boycott Supporters" lists the companies and celebrities online who have changed their minds about attending.

On Tuesday, the list included more than 100 supporters of the boycott and list creators said it was growing.

The event's website said 1,200 exhibitors were scheduled to attend.

Last week, Reed Exhibitions, the U.K.-based event organizer announced their decision to impose a ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, the Associated Press reported.

A news release posted on the event's website was removed last week and replaced with a statement that does not name the type of weapons included in the ban.

Concept One Inc, a public relations firm in Shrewsbury Township is working locally with Reed for the outdoors show.

Deb Davis of Concept One will be releasing a statement from Reed Wednesday which, she said, might contain more information about the ban.

"It is not clear what products are banned (on the website)," Davis said Tuesday. "I hope it will be cleared up tomorrow."

Tuesday night, the statement on the event's website said "this year we have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention that would distract from the strong focus on hunting and fishing at this family-oriented event."

Reed officials did not return telephone messages Tuesday seeking comment.

Tony Chalfant, the manager of Layman's Gun Shop in Lower Windsor Township, said the organizers of the sports show don't seem to understand the uses of the guns they are banning.

"The same guns that are considered to be tactical are used recreationally by shooters in a range," Chalfant said.

Every weapon has more than one use, whether it's hunting or trap shooting or competition, he said.

"These are not just dirty rifles that are used to shoot people," Chalfant said.

And it's the sportsmen who will lose out, he said.

"These vendors are standing up for their rights and are willing to give up part of their income to do it," Chalfant said. "I know folks who make about half their income at this show. And I applaud them."

Mike Sipes, the owner of Hanover Shooters Supply in Penn Township, also feels the ban will discriminate against gun owners who use their rifles for sport.

Sipes has attended the show in year's past, but doesn't normally make the time to go.

"I've heard a lot of people say that they're not going this year," he said.

Layman's carries AR-15-style weapons and Chalfant said demand was high in 2012, as it always is in an election year.

Shuler attributes the strong reactions to the ban to the nature of the people who attend the show.

"These are conscientious people who care about other people using guns safely," he said. "But Americans don't want to be told what they can own or buy."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment
Concept One Inc, a public relations firm in Shrewsbury Township is working locally with Reed for the outdoors show.

Deb Davis of Concept One will be releasing a statement from Reed Wednesday which, she said, might contain more information about the ban.

"It is not clear what products are banned (on the website)," Davis said Tuesday. "I hope it will be cleared up tomorrow."

1 posted on 01/22/2013 3:44:23 PM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

The ironic/funny thing is, they (Reed Exhibitions) also run the SHOT show in Vegas!

http://www.reedexpo.com/en/Our-Events/events-list/#search=rpp%3D48%26d%3D3%7C152_100104


2 posted on 01/22/2013 3:54:42 PM PST by Drago
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To: Second Amendment First

I heard that Cabela’s was a big sponsor and pulled its sponsorship. Thanks to all the businesses who stand with the Constitution over these spineless cowards who would turn and run in the face of tyranny. Our enemy intends to divide us into groups. Each segment of us should stand with the other. They fear us being united.


3 posted on 01/22/2013 3:59:02 PM PST by Brownie63
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To: Drago

But the SHOT show is not for the common rabble. Full auto for the special, no semi-auto for the peons.


4 posted on 01/22/2013 3:59:55 PM PST by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: Brownie63

Yup. After the “assault rifles” are gone they will go after the former hunting rifles, which will be relabeled as “sniper rifles.” Then if will be the “devastatingly powerful” shotguns. Any of you Fudds out there better stand up for the AR guys, because you’re next on the grabbers’ hit list.


5 posted on 01/22/2013 4:03:18 PM PST by Trod Upon (Civilian disarmament is the precursor to democide.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Right now, somebody who owns a big, empty warehouse could make a fortune holding an alternative gun show, *featuring* semi-automatic rifles of this type. Offer the vendors who paid for space they are not using at the other show *free* space, and make money just from the box office.

The highlight of the show would be an auction of some of the really hard to find weapons and ammunition right now.

Imagine how much ammo boxes loaded with 5.56 NATO would go for these days. And if you wanted to be a real nice guy, have the proceeds from the auction going to some worthy charity, like for disabled veterans.


6 posted on 01/22/2013 5:34:13 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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