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.”
Let your Congressional representatives know about this and that it is an indicator of how strongly we value our 2ND Amendment rights.
Here is what I sent to my reps:
The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, originally scheduled to start February 2 in Harrisburg, has been ‘postponed’.The reason: over 400 exhibitors pulled out—including Cabelas and a host of big name firearms manufacturers.
These exhibitors pulled out in protest of the show’s decision to prohibit the display of “assault weapons”. This wrong-headed decision of the show’s management, and the ensuing backlash from exhibitors and attendees alike who respect the 2ND Amendment should serve as an indicator to you of how strongly Pennsylvanians feel about ANY attempt by Obama or Congress to erode our 2ND Amendment Rights—which incidently—don’t come from government, they come from our Creator. Remember this when Senator Feinstein trots out her proposals to disarm Americans.
You should also know that here in Pennsylvnia, our state-level legislators are taking steps to enact legislation that would protect Pennsylvanians against ANY further regulation of firearms that comes out of D.C.
It was the decision of the show's sponsr NOT to include any booths that were peddling the military style guns. What did the president have to do with it?
The show sounds interesting just from the standpoint of observing those that attend. Sort of like birdwatching, only it's people, not birds. One wouldn't even need binoculars, since the attendees would not mind my observing close-up, if I did it in a non-intrusive way, I believe.
The thrill of sociology!
I don't own one of those, just saying that if I was to buy any sort of a shotshell pistol,
it would be 28ga and not 410.