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Last major gun dealer from Lancaster County pulls out of Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show
Lancaster Online ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | P.J. REILLY

Posted on 01/22/2013 5:36:06 PM PST by Second Amendment First

On Tuesday afternoon, The Sportsman's Shop in New Holland was the last major gun dealer from Lancaster County still scheduled to attend the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg.

On Tuesday evening, owner Joe Keffer pulled the plug.

"As a member of the Board of Governors of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, I have been working, in good faith, with Reed to find a compromise to allow the show to continue at the caliber to which my fellow exhibitors, manufacturers and the more than 200,000 attendees have come to expect," Keffer wrote on the store's Facebook page.

"After nearly a month of discussions, which concluded (Monday), I believe a compromise will not be reached."

The Sportsman's Shop joins a growing list of nearly 200 exhibitors and celebrities who have backed out of the show, scheduled for Feb. 2-10 at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, since organizer Reed Exhibitions last week announced a ban prohibiting assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines from being sold or even displayed at the show.

Reed said the decision was made "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 and possibly disrupt the broader positive experience of our guests."

Reed officials said there were five firearms retailers affected by the gun ban — retailers who planned to sell semiautomatic AR-style rifles at the show. Three of those are from Lancaster County — Trop Gun Shop in Elizabethtown, Kinsey's Outdoors in Mount Joy and The Sportsman's Shop.

Trop and Kinsey's both backed out last week.

The Sportsman's Shop was set to be the featured exhibitor of a popular section of the show called The Sportsman's Shop's Gun Alley, which included 14 firearms and accessories manufacturers.

According to Keffer, when he backed out of the show all 14 of those other exhibitors left with him. That list includes gunmakers Smith & Wesson, Thompson/Center, Ruger, Benelli, Franchi and Stoeger.

"This was the hardest decision I've ever had to make in business," Keffer said. "I tried to get this thing turned around and it just didn't happen."

Keffer denounced Reed's ban the day it was announced, but he stayed in the show as an exhibitor, he said, while working to convince Reed officials to change their minds.

"As of (Monday) afternoon, as far as I was concerned, the door was slammed," he said.

Reed officials did not immediately return a reporter's phone calls for comment Tuesday.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; easternsports; guncontrol; harrisburggunshow; secondamendment
The Sportsman's Shop was set to be the featured exhibitor of a popular section of the show called The Sportsman's Shop's Gun Alley, which included 14 firearms and accessories manufacturers.

According to Keffer, when he backed out of the show all 14 of those other exhibitors left with him. That list includes gunmakers Smith & Wesson, Thompson/Center, Ruger, Benelli, Franchi and Stoeger.

1 posted on 01/22/2013 5:36:17 PM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Way to go, Pa. bitter clingers!


2 posted on 01/22/2013 5:40:10 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Second Amendment First
I have been working, in good faith, with Reed to find a compromise to allow the show to continue at the caliber ...

Yah, that would be .223

3 posted on 01/22/2013 5:40:19 PM PST by glock rocks (Pro Deo et Constitutione - Libertas aut Mors)
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To: Second Amendment First
THE END
4 posted on 01/22/2013 5:44:32 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: SueRae

Hmmm. Maybe the Bitter Clingers party can join the Tea Party and get something done!


5 posted on 01/22/2013 5:44:40 PM PST by austinaero
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To: Second Amendment First

Gun people don’t like being double-crossed for political reasons and we have long memories. I still won’t buy a new Ruger firearm because of Bill Ruger’s support of the 1994 gun ban.


6 posted on 01/22/2013 5:44:45 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: austinaero
Well, THAT would be a blast.

Sorry...

7 posted on 01/22/2013 5:47:10 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: austinaero

So, who’s the new sponsor? When is new show going to take place?


8 posted on 01/22/2013 5:47:30 PM PST by Morris70
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To: Second Amendment First

How many AR-15s would you have to sell to make a profit after paying the $7,000.00 for a booth?


9 posted on 01/22/2013 5:48:27 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: Bryanw92

who is Reed’s boss?


10 posted on 01/22/2013 5:50:23 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: philetus

at current panic inflation prices? three perhaps two if they are reaaaaaaly nice.


11 posted on 01/22/2013 5:51:31 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Second Amendment First

how many politicians are paying attention to this?

the beltway only reads the NYT and watches msnbc and cnn.


12 posted on 01/22/2013 5:54:35 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

“who is Reed’s boss?”

Probably Queen Elizabeth or David Cameron. Reed’s Exhibitions is a Brit company, or so I have been lead to believe.


13 posted on 01/22/2013 5:59:33 PM PST by vette6387
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To: philetus

“How many AR-15s would you have to sell to make a profit after paying the $7,000.00 for a booth?”

Probably 7 at today’s prices.


14 posted on 01/22/2013 6:02:01 PM PST by duffee (No poll tax, no tax on firearms, ammunition or gunsafes.)
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To: Second Amendment First

and the line still holds. FUBO.


15 posted on 01/22/2013 6:03:13 PM PST by RC one (.From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Now Reed needs to by hit with a class action for breech of contract.

They created an arbitrary requirement after taking the money. They should get sued for costs and damages.


16 posted on 01/22/2013 6:03:43 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: longtermmemmory

Reed Elseivier, huge multi-national headquartered in London and Amsterdam. Basic business was publishing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_Elsevier


17 posted on 01/22/2013 6:04:00 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Second Amendment First

Now if Gun Manufacturers would get together for their very survival and immediately Halt ALL SALES to New York, California, and Any other State that Wants Strict Gun Control, help them out STOP SELLING TO THOSE STATES ENTIRELY. Actually I am surprised they haven’t done it yet.


18 posted on 01/22/2013 6:07:28 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: vette6387

Mr. Mike Rusbridge serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Reed Exhibitions Ltd., a subsidiary of Reed Elsevier Group Plc and Reed Business Information, Inc. Mr. Rusbridge joined the industry in 1979 and served as Managing Director of Cahners Exhibitions Ltd (part of Reed Elsevier) since 1982, Chief Executive for Reed Exhibitions Europe since 1988 and President for Reed Exhibitions Europe and Asia since 1994. He has been Chairman of Reed Exhibitions World wide of Reed Business Information Ltd. since 1996. He serves as Member of Executive Council of Reed Elsevier Group PLC.


19 posted on 01/22/2013 6:08:46 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Bryanw92

Bill Ruger is D E A D.


20 posted on 01/22/2013 6:11:23 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Cobra64

He wasn’t dead in 1994.


21 posted on 01/22/2013 6:15:55 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: eyeamok
Now if Gun Manufacturers would get together for their very survival and immediately Halt ALL SALES to New York, California, and Any other State that Wants Strict Gun Control, help them out STOP SELLING TO THOSE STATES ENTIRELY. Actually I am surprised they haven’t done it yet.

As a CA resident I'm not sure what exactly you hope that would accomplish. It would punish all the pro gun people in those states while delighting the antis that passed those laws in the first place. It certainly wouldn't make the liberals who run the place repeal those laws. In addition, it would hurt the manufacturers, possibly even enough to put some out of business, which would be bad for gun owners in general. Doesn't make sense to me.

22 posted on 01/22/2013 6:21:30 PM PST by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: Second Amendment First
Lebanon Levi approves.


23 posted on 01/22/2013 6:24:15 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: DJ MacWoW
So Mr. Rusbridge is responsible for the financial bath that Reed Exhibitions is going to take?
Talk about creating ‘epic fail’.
Mr. Rusbridge may have red ears when the Board of Directors get to his next evaluation.
TWB
24 posted on 01/22/2013 6:31:52 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: Hugin

Yeah I know, But why would they sell to Government Agencies??
Seems to me that is wilfully and knowingly selling firearms to Criminals.


25 posted on 01/22/2013 6:33:35 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: vette6387
“who is Reed’s boss?”

Probably Queen Elizabeth or David Cameron. Reed’s Exhibitions is a Brit company, or so I have been lead to believe.

Piers Morgan maybe?

26 posted on 01/22/2013 6:37:45 PM PST by ALPAPilot
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To: TWhiteBear

One can only hope!


27 posted on 01/22/2013 6:52:27 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Second Amendment First

The saddest piece of fallout with respect to this is that the gun-grabbers will claim victory. They will claim that “they” stopped the big, bad gun industry from hawking their evil wares.


28 posted on 01/22/2013 7:03:05 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Second Amendment First

Maybe Obama and Holder can have a bunch of Mexican drug cartel soldiers show up just for appearance sake.


29 posted on 01/22/2013 7:04:25 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Soylent Green is Boomers)
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To: Second Amendment First

I think people should learn just who Reed is, and this may help a bit:

http://www.reedexpo.com/en/Press-Releases/2013-Press-Releases/WTM-Launch-of-first-ever-LGBT-online-training-for-travel-agents/


30 posted on 01/22/2013 7:06:33 PM PST by BobL
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To: Hugin; eyeamok

I see eyeamok replied to your post but I read it that mfgrs shouldn’t sell to those states, not that they shouldn’t sell to citizens of those states. I.e., they could sell to my nephew who lives in NY but not to Andy Cuomo’s state govt.


31 posted on 01/22/2013 7:16:09 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: philetus
How many AR-15s would you have to sell to make a profit after paying the $7,000.00 for a booth?

At current gun show prices, three AR-15 sales will cover the price of the booth.

32 posted on 01/22/2013 7:22:57 PM PST by Spirochete (Sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: EDINVA

Have you bought Japanese products since December 7th, 1941?


33 posted on 01/22/2013 7:28:57 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Hugin
On "2nd Amendment Appreciation Day" (1/19), I went to my nearby gun shop to support them with an ammo purchase. They were completely out of all handgun ammo. Their owner had been to a dealers-only meet in Las Vegas and ordered around 200,000 rounds of various ammo for his shop, but said he only expected to see about a third of it delivered this year.

So, I went to my other local gun shop and was able to buy 200 rounds of pistol ammo. They are limiting ammo purchases to 200 rounds per customer to give everybody a chance. Hand loading supplies were tight too: no brass, primers hard to get, etc. I was also interested in seeing what I could get in revolvers. They used to have a case-full, but now had only two .22-cal revolvers. Everything is back-ordered.

It seems to me that refusing to sell arms and ammo in California wouldn't change things much in the San Francisco Bay Area. The heightened demand caused by our whacky left-wing governor, Dem legislators and moonbat enablers are doing the job already. We are locally notorious for being ground zero for Feinstein, Boxer and Pelosi!

34 posted on 01/22/2013 7:42:40 PM PST by RhoTheta ("We're from the Government, and we're here to help you ... NOT")
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To: Cobra64

Fairly senseless comparison. A FReeper chooses not to purchase from a specific manufacturer because of a political position its head took 19 years ago vs. buying (or not) from an unspecified manufacturer in a country that was an enemy 70 years ago, but today is an ally and trading partner.


35 posted on 01/22/2013 7:42:48 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Hugin

Barrett, who makes the famous .50 cal, refuses to sell to any law agency in CA and he will not service the weapons, to this day...


36 posted on 01/22/2013 8:16:03 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: eyeamok
Halt ALL SALES to New York, California, and Any other State that Wants Strict Gun Control

That would only hurt the law-abiding, gun owning public.

37 posted on 01/22/2013 10:06:12 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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