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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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I have nothing but respect for the enormous amount of vendors who pulled stakes and cancelled out of the show. It certainly had to be terribly disappointing to them to do this, as it is where a lot of them do bookings for the upcoming year, and to demonstrate their "wares".
It's about time people stepped up with some show of unity at a time when our right to bear the arm of our choice is in impending danger. The Reed Enterprises needs to "Get the h-ll out of Dodge" and regroup their thinking... I just can't understand their leadership not knowing who is buttering their bread!! I have also heard they were the ones who were to be doing the Shot Show in Vegas, but they have been kicked out of there, too. We need to stand tall as a group and be heard. The Eastern Sports Show is a darn good start........
 
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