Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show Postponed After Vendors Pull Out Over Gun Ban

The people have spoken.
The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show was postponed today after several vendors pulled out due to the recent gun ban.

The NRA was leading the boycott against the show.
Here is the statement from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show website:

Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone, for now, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show given the controversy surrounding its decision to limit the sale or display of modern sporting rifles (also called ARs) at the event. The show was scheduled to take place February 2-10 in Harrisburg, PA.

“Our original decision not to include certain products in the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show this year was made in order to preserve the event’s historical focus on the hunting and fishing traditions enjoyed by American families,” said Chet Burchett, Reed Exhibitions President for the Americas. “In the current climate, we felt that the presence of MSRs would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing, disrupting the broader experience of our guests. This was intended simply as a product decision, of the type event organizers need to make every day.

“It has become very clear to us after speaking with our customers that the event could not be held because the atmosphere of this year’s show would not be conducive to an event that is designed to provide family enjoyment. It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.

“ESS has long been proud to participate in the preservation and promotion of hunting and fishing traditions, and we hope that as the national debate clarifies, we will have an opportunity to consider rescheduling the event when the time is right to focus on the themes it celebrates.”

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  • cavt

    I don’t understand what is going on here. When an entity bars a fully legal vendor providing a legal and constitution service and yet accepts other similar vendors, isn’t this discrimination? I just saw where the city of Glendale is barring any further gun shows in their city–again, isn’t this discriminatory. Or, is it only leftists that can be discriminated against—

  • AnnaS

    Things just get more and more divisive in our country, no?

  • donh

    NO MORE QUISLING QUITTERS…..If you CAVE IN to government fascist intimidations….YOU LOSE IT ALL….WOE to RINO COWARDS who would bend their knee begging for mercy in the never ending surrender of our rights to government tyranny.

  • That statement is purely liberal, deflecting responsibility for their decision and taking a side regarding the Second Amendment… Just read between the lines.

    “In the current climate, we felt that the presence of MSRs would distract…

    disrupting the broader experience of our guests…

    It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere…

    ESS has long been proud to participate in the preservation and promotion of hunting and fishing traditions…”

  • Granny

    It really sounds like Reed Exhibitions wanted to cancel the gun show while putting the blame on somebody else, so they deliberately banned a perfectly 100% legal product knowing that vendors would pull out, giving them the excuse they needed to cancel.

    Now, the question is – What other exhibitions does Reed Exhibitions put on? We The People need to be canceling attendance at those.

  • bear

    Vendors don’t need a “show” to sell their products in (as they say), “the current climate.”

    That being said, reed exhibitions has shown their willingness to kneel to the tyrants over “a small percentage of over 1000 exhibits,” which somehow “overshadow” the vast remainder of this event.

    If these folks seek to restrict the firearms a free society wishes to legally purchase, in exercise of our unalienable right, and thus become tools of those tyrants, then they don’t deserve anyone’s support.

    I’m amazed that the barring of such a tiny number of vendors could result in the “postponement” of the whole show…./sarc/

    Clearly, a very large number of the prospective patrons take our unalienable right to keep and bear arms very seriously.

    When the tyrants close down legal means to obtain firearms, ammo and accessories, they can expect the outlawed adherents of patriotism to find other means.

  • Rose

    Hope Reed Exhibitions loses lots of money on this deal. Just might be a wake-Up call to other shows.

  • Kate

    Translation…we caved to liberal anti gun people. Cowards. We are not going to lie down like lemmings and let liberals destroy the Second Amendment. You are in for a fight.

  • B.O. don’t know diddley squat

    Let this be “a shot across the bow” for all other weak kneed cowards

    We “Bitter Clingers” have very long memories !!!

  • Patty

    One person has done all this. One day and lives were changed in One town. Sad and I don’t know what I would do if I had a child who is gone. I feel sorry.

    But, this and other things going on will not stop Crazy. This Eastern Sports thing is just as Crazy.

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  • Question here maybe someone knows isn’t Reed a British Company?…

  • Patty


    Can You Guess Who I Am? (It’s not a scare tactic. It’s a reality check.)


  • Jim M

    Reed also does the SHOT show. People should start talking to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, who sponsors the show and tell them to get a new exposition company to run it.

  • shadow

    Question here maybe someone knows isn’t Reed a British Company?…

    Reed Exhibitions Ltd Worldwide Headquarters:

    Gateway House
    28 The Quadrant
    Richmond, Surrey
    TW9 1DN, UK

  • J. Knight

    Yep, Reed is some British outfit who decided to be politically correct. Thankfully, a large number of vendors pulled out of the show rather than be a part of this crap. Reed only canceled because a large number of people were fed up with them. Reed Exhibitions should never be supported again by anyone who values the 2nd Amendment.

  • RedBeard

    Reed is clearly smarting from the push-back over their idiotic policy. Their statement is pure pablum, but the fear of economic consequences has hit home.

    And yes, if Reed runs the SHOT show, then that’s the next field of battle. These limp-wristed Brits need to feel the heat. See how much they like it if they’re reduced to holding gun shows in their own unfree country. What a joke that would be.

  • Adi

    I read that even Comcast has withdrawn. 😆

  • #18…..thanks Shadow, not that it matters, i was curious..

  • The NRA was NOT leading the boycott. They jumped on the bandwagon much later. It was the gun blogs and smaller businesses that started the boycott.

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  • JKB


    So right. It was small vendors who stood to lose a lot from the forfeited booth fees that led the way, not the NRA.

    It would be wrong to think the NRA is the lead in any of the 2nd Amendment fight. They scramble to catch up to the gun owners not the other way around.

  • Chas

    Overshadowed by a decision? The overshadowing was the result of Reed’s decision, for which they don’t take responsibility. They’re in the wrong business. Britain has become too socialist to support capitalism. Reed should pack up and head home.

  • Valerie

    #25 January 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm
    JKB commented:

    “It would be wrong to think the NRA is the lead in any of the 2nd Amendment fight. They scramble to catch up to the gun owners not the other way around.”

    That’s as it should be. So long as the NRA has to scramble to catch up with the gun owners on political issues and current events, it will be an organization that hasn’t taken on a life of its own. It will remain relevant when it does speak up, unlike other organizations that lose sight of why they were formed in the first place (NOW, NAACP)

  • watching

    Reed Exhibitions is a subsidiary of Reed Excelsior, a British-Dutch company with roots in publishing and business information aggregation. They are a major presence in European scientific and medical journals, a constituency which pressured them to withdraw from running arms fairs, a decision they agreed to in 2007. Many of their events are in Asia and other places outside of the US, so the loss of this exhibition will not hurt and might help their business.

  • BarbaraS

    This is a British company that does these shows all over the world and, being British, is already biased against guns. They sound like they are allied with the dims in slowly taking away our guns and ammunition when they made a big hooha and banned “assault” rifles in this show. Where they got the idea they could ban certain guns and not others is a mystery. They probably jumped at the chance of canceling this show because they disapprove of guns. It will come back to bite them. Hopefully, other companies will cancel their services especially in this country.

  • repousa

    Political pressure is indirect. Financial pressure is direct and is much more effective. I still want to start a new Pro-Gun exhibition company. Who’s In?

  • The exodus began with many small vendors and other participants. The NRA pulled out only after the big boys – Cabela’s, Ruger, and Smith & Wesson withdrew.

    If the people lead, the leaders will follow.

  • They are blaming the boycotters in their statement, not their own stupid decision. “We’d screwed up!” would have helped them a LOT more.

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  • Mitch Rapp

    Vive Liberals, Progressives, Communists, Socialists and Democrats!

    We shall be nothing before Obama finishes his term of destruction. And where oh where are the Republicans? Busy kicking the can down the road is what I see!

  • jenny

    What a bunch of baloney from Reed. Hope they lost A LOT of money for their political correctness.

  • Al

    Time to boycott ALL companies that are against our freedoms.

  • shadow

    Hope Reed Exhibitions loses lots of money on this deal.

    With 23 other events in the month of February, I don’t see it forcing them into bankruptcy.

  • dunce

    They tried to keep it open by refusing to give the vendors their fees back. I guess they thought they might show up because they had paid in advance. They do not know gun people and they do not know Americans either or they would not have pulled this stupid stunt. They will give them their money back or wind up in court, plus they may never host another gun show in our country.

  • CT

    Reed can go back to the U.K. and take Piers Morgan with them. We threw their tea in the harbor once before. We may have to spill some again.

  • codekeyguy

    It wasn’t “several” vendors, It was A WHOLE BUNCH. Between vendors, presenters, etc. I think it was over a couple of hundred!!!

  • bg


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  • JT christman

    Reed exhibitions don’t forget piers morgan on your way out and if you think there are a lot of hunters and fishermen who also don’t realize the price that was paid for our second amendment you are terribly mistaken go back to britton the violent crime capital of Europe just by many other means than only guns