Reed Exhibitions has decided to “postpone” the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. Postponed is really code for cancelled, this show will not take place in 2013.
Reed Exhibitions’ announced several days ago that modern sporting rifles (i.e. AR-15 and all variants) and high capacity magazines would be prohibited from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. The leadership of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has been in intense, frank discussions with Reed Exhibitions management in an effort to reverse this unacceptable decision. These discussions reached an impasse.
NSSF is in no way affiliated with, nor does it participate in or exhibit at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in any way. However, Reed Exhibitions does manage the NSSF-owned SHOT Show (though Reed manages the SHOT Show, all SHOT Show decisions, policies and actions are made at NSSF’s direction). Watch for that relationship to end soon.
This successful boycott, began on the website mynortheastoutdoors.com. It’s the best demonstration of support by the outdoors industry yet against gun control efforts being pushed in Washington and in several states.
Reed Exhibitions has taken a position that is clearly in opposition to the exercise of 2nd Amendment rights. The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show was scheduled for February 2nd to the 10th , 2013, in Harrisburg, PA.
Chet Burchett, Reed Exhibitions President for the Americas stated, “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,”
“In the current climate, we felt that the presence of Modern Sporting Rifles 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.”
In light of the fact that about thirty percent of the vendors scheduled to show at the trade event have pulled out it seems that Reed underestimated the importance of Modern Sporting Rifle. On top of that, the majority of the celebrities who were scheduled to appear at the event also pulled out, leaving Reed Exhibitions with a pretty lack luster show.
On Tuesday January 23rd the NRA announced that they were pulling sponsorship for the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show event as a result of Reed Exhibitions stance.
“We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so,” the news release said. “As a result, the NRA will not be participating in the upcoming show in Harrisburg or in any other shows hosted by Reed Exhibitions that maintain this policy. We are disappointed that Reed Exhibitions has ignored the concerns expressed by attendees, the outdoor industry and the NRA in not reconsidering their position to ban the display of Modern Sporting Rifles.”
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