Skip to comments.America’s largest outdoor sports show to ban AR-15s
Posted on 01/18/2013 10:06:01 AM PST by Godebert
The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, also known as the Harrisburg Gun Show, has announced it will limit the type of firearms that it will allow to be exhibited. We have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention, they posted on their website.
The hunting and fishing show, the largest consumer event in the nation, offers 1,200 exhibitors and will run from February 2 10, 2013, just outside of Harrisburg, PA.
A representative to the show told the Daily Caller that no specific information was available on the type of restricted product at this time and she offered to have someone call back with the information.
The National Rifle Association, in a statement through their Institute for Legislative Action, stated they strongly disagrees with Reed Exhibitions decision to ban Modern Sporting Rifles. The statement went on to urge you to follow the NRA and the outdoor industrys lead by voicing your displeasure with Reed Exhibitions both before and during the show and encourage them to reconsider their position.
The NRA is reconsidering their support of the show, The NRAs future participation in the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show will be determined by Reed Exhibitions actions in response to the concerns raised by the NRA, the outdoor industry, and Americas law-abiding gun owners.
Facebook fans of the show are outraged. One fan writes, If you stand for and support the second amendment, then you would not allow your judgment to be clouded by the people who mean to do harm to the very foundation of this country. I and, my family, will not be attending. Fans have set up a page calling for a boycott of the show and have gotten support from 1,348 people since Tuesday.
While the show will not specifically tell the public what products are banned, the website Lancaster Online is reporting that AR style rifles and high-capacity magazines are the targeted products. Representatives from Kinseys Outdoors in Mount Joy and The Sportsman Shop in New Holland, which are both affected by the ban, said they were told by Reed officials they could not bring to the show for sale or display any AR-style rifles or ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 30 rounds, the site reported.
Reed Exhibitions, the events organizer, is based in Norwalk, CT., approximately twenty-five miles from Newtown where the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting took place.
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I guess they think gun-haters go to gun shows and don’t want to offend them.
Already talk of a boycott of the show. I hope the organizers lose big.
A friend just returned from a very successful gun show for dealers in Columbia SC (IIRC) and the biggest attraction at the show were the AR-15's. He said there were long lines in front the kiosks for manufacturers of AR-15's...particularly at Windham Weaponry (at one time the line to get into the Windham display was over 100 people long).
And if no one shows up?
***We have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention, they posted on their website.***
The American male at large needs to rid itself of the pantywaist mentality of not ‘offending’ the left.
We have the truth on our side - it’s high time we stand up for it. And never, ever back down again.
Save your money and time. Skip this show and go to another one that is
gun owner friendly.
Kind of what I was thinking. Boycott would be a message sender I would think. I know of a couple of stores that took down their AR platforms after the hue and cry started. I don’t shop there anymore. Pinchin’ the pocketbook sends a message for sure.
Doubt there’s much of a market for anti-gun gun shows.
People who are anti-gun don’t go. People who aren’t should go elsewhere. Not much of a niche left.
Reed Exhibitions is a British owned global conglomerate.
This is a breach of contract against the exhibitors, they should pull out, demand their deposits back, and leave Reed Exhibitions holding the bag for the costs.
Yeah. Sorry guys. You just did.
and will promptly become
America's smallest outdoor sports show
One word: Boycott.
You can bet that part of their motive was to hold back their stock until prices peaked. They're either doing consignment sales at gun shows or selling back to their wholesaler at a nice profit.
“I guess they think gun-haters go to gun shows and dont want to offend them.”
You nailed it, FRiend. This move is not going to appease the left one single bit. It might embolden them though, now that the gun show folks have shown they can intimidated.
I WAS thinking of going but they just made my decision for me.
This show should be BOYCOTTED. Yeah, I want these panty waistes in a foxhole with me.
It is exactly this type of capitulation that get the ball rolling for the radical left. Why in the world do they want to HELP the gun grabbers??
BOYCOTT and PICKETT LINES