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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  • Adi

    I read that even Comcast has withdrawn. 😆

  • http://biggovernment.com ponderon

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

  • http://unitedconservatives.blogspot.com/ Cargosquid

    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?

  • http://none Scott B

    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.

  • http://www.northtexasteaparty.com MikeO

    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.

  • http://[email protected] 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!!!