BREAKING: Eastern Sports And Outdoor Show Postponed

BREAKING: Eastern Sports And Outdoor Show Postponed

The people have spoken, and we are victorious:postponed

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.”

The show has been hemorrhaging sponsors, losing over 175 since the announcement.

  • Jack Peek Sr.

    A small portion….really….HOPE YOU LOSE YOUR BUTTS!

  • Cherry Walker

    power of the people using social networking to get their point across!
    Affect them where it hurts the most…in their pockets!
    Now, if we could just get this type of coordination to take back our gov’t !!!!

    • Lori Pershing

      People are starting to do just that – and stories like this are just the thing to keep that movement building! The last four years, we have been subtly (or maybe not so) let know that our freedom and opinions and needs mean nothing and people are discouraged. We need to wake everyone up again and remind them that we’ve been hoodwinked and that we CAN win!

  • Lori Pershing

    Lost over 175 sponsors? Hmmm that sounds like more than “a small percentage of … exhibits”. Anyone else catching the condescending teacher-rebuking-a-naughty-child tone in their statement? Kind of goes with the “Fine, I’ll take my toys and go home” knee-jerk decision to cancel altogether. Sad.

  • Mark Rickard

    And they still don’t get what gun ownership is about. Why is it they had to specify that gun ownership itself can’t be a family activity? Why only in the context of hunting can that be a family activity?


  • patriot

    somebody should call the waamublance

  • Tim Wrbas

    what he is saying is…175 vendors pulled out and we are going to lose our ass on this…..

  • B. Willey

    What’s left for them, catching and collecting pet rocks? Perhaps – Pin the tail on the Liberal!