Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, Harrisburg, PA Boycott and Cancellation


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scotch827
January 20, 2013, 11:56 AM
http://www.witf.org/news/2013/01/cabelas-inc-pulls-out-of-next-months-eastern-sports-and-outdoors-show.php

Do to the organizers decision not to allow modern rifles or accessories to be displayed. Many other vendors are pulling out also. Thank you Cabelas.

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MaterDei
January 20, 2013, 12:01 PM
Good for them.

Take the time to thank them on their Facebook site.

https://www.facebook.com/Cabelas

ambidextrous1
January 20, 2013, 12:06 PM
Yes, they should hit the show bosses where they'll understand it - in the cash box!

carbuncle
January 20, 2013, 12:15 PM
Good for them.

Take the time to thank them on their Facebook site.

https://www.facebook.com/Cabelas

Done: I will be remembering those who support us as much as those who abandon us during this time.

Chuck Perry
January 20, 2013, 12:29 PM
The article states that the decision to ban certain types of arms and magazines from the show was made by the event organizer, Reed Exhibitions.

Reed Exhibitions
383 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
1-800-467-5656

They're closed today of course, but I was able to leave them a detailed message about why I, a PA resident, will not be attending the show.

Zeke/PA
January 20, 2013, 12:33 PM
Here's what I'm getting Guys.
It ain't Cabella's or Kinsey's or The New Holland Sportmen shop but instead the "organizers" of the show who have their heads SOMEWHERE!
I really hope that this gets public attention !

fdashes
January 20, 2013, 12:38 PM
Done...and I feel good about it

Green Lantern
January 20, 2013, 12:50 PM
Done, thanks for the heads up!

parker51
January 20, 2013, 12:56 PM
Good for Cabela's. I can't understand why any retailer that sells modern firearms would support this show. Next year will be semi auto shotguns?

Reloadron
January 20, 2013, 01:18 PM
Reed Exhibitions is the shows organizer and is well within their rights to exclude whatever they choose. Their call and their decision which I can understand. However, as becomes apparent all decisions carry some consequence. Since Cabela's did not care for their decision they have every right to choose not to do this show. I admire Cabela's for their decision.

Promoters make their money in two main ways. The exhibitors pay a hefty price for space but there is also a big take on parking and admissions. This is where gun enthusiast have the right to boycott the show as they damn well should do. I would like to see a grass roots movement for gun owners to boycott the event which would further send the message we don't appreciate our rights being trampled upon.

Just My Take
Ron

Old Fuff
January 20, 2013, 01:34 PM
While you are at it, also send a message about this to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) who retain Reed to run the SHOT Show. In terms of money it is far larger then the show in Harrisburg. I highly doubt that Reed wants to get NSSF upset.

National Shooting Sports Foundation
info@nssf.org
www.nssf.org
(203) 426-1320

Chuck Perry
January 20, 2013, 03:22 PM
I attempted to email NSSF with the address that Old Fuff provided, but that email address was rejected as 'invalid.' I went to their site and was able to send an email thru it instead.

Inebriated
January 20, 2013, 04:06 PM
Excellent...

Might buy a Cabela's hat soon...

481
January 20, 2013, 07:23 PM
Done.

Paincakesx
January 20, 2013, 07:33 PM
And this is why I do a majority of my gun related shopping at Cabelas.

That and they're a 5 minute drive from where I live :-p

22-rimfire
January 20, 2013, 07:42 PM
Reed Exhibitions is the shows organizer and is well within their rights to exclude whatever they choose. Their call and their decision which I can understand. However, as becomes apparent all decisions carry some consequence. Since Cabela's did not care for their decision they have every right to choose not to do this show. I admire Cabela's for their decision.

Cabelas was a major supporter of that show. I hope a lot of the "regulars" who have tables and booths drop out. No better way to make a statement to a CT based company. The world is not like CT or NY or NYC. I say... skip the show unless you are paid to attend as some speakers are.

slamfirev10
January 20, 2013, 07:48 PM
good for cabelas, wish they were closer to me

ball3006
January 20, 2013, 08:58 PM
I have never seen Cabela's at any gun show around here. But, there is a Cabela's about 8 miles north of Fort Worth.....chris3

berettaprofessor
January 20, 2013, 09:28 PM
Thanks for the link to the Facebook page. I'm a Black Platinum Cabelas card holder and I voted my support! Wow...the thousands of positive comments there should make a big statement!

Fryerpower
January 20, 2013, 09:39 PM
Hit it on Facebook. Time to go check out their website to see if there is anything I need.

Jim

mgmorden
January 20, 2013, 09:57 PM
Left a comment in support of their decision on Facebook. We need more companies to take a stand like this. As soon as we start acting as if a portion of our hobby (IE, AR's and other modern rifles) then we are at that point fighting a losing battle.

22-rimfire
January 20, 2013, 10:11 PM
This is not your typical gun show. It is a sports show. Cabelas is one of the central businesses at that show. They have a big store not so far from Harrisburg. Most of the manufacturers will have booths. I hope many more drop out. The standard deal for out of towners is to go to the show and then hit Cabelas.

BHP FAN
January 20, 2013, 10:19 PM
Now they can just go to Cabela's and save on gas and parking. They have some sweet deals on black powder revolvers right now, too.

Grassman
January 20, 2013, 10:19 PM
I love Cabelas, and will continue shopping there, as for some other retailers not so much.

enine
January 20, 2013, 10:43 PM
Good for them. I'm just waiting for the new store in Columbus to open, will be driving wight past Dicks to get there.

firstater
January 20, 2013, 11:03 PM
I hope they re-consider building the store they proposed to open in 2014 in Delaware. The state is trying to restrict capacity in rifles to 5 rounds along with the other so called "common sense" measures, which of course make no sense.

http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20130115/NEWS01/130115001/DELAWARE-Assault-weapons-ban-among-gun-control-plans

scotch827
January 20, 2013, 11:04 PM
This is a list of more vendors pulling out.
http://mynortheastoutdoors.com/esos-boycott-supporters/

G21NE
January 21, 2013, 10:39 AM
Kudos to Cabelas!!! And the others that are pulling out as well.!!

And re-reading their Facebook page, seems they are a sponsor, not just an exhibitor. Reed Exhibitions is not going to be in business very long, even if they reverse their decision now.

Gunther
January 21, 2013, 10:58 AM
Contact Reed Exhibitors at inquiry@reedexpo.com and let them know how you feel, I did. Also contact Cabelas and thank them and contact NRA to bring pressure to bear. If you have facebook, get on Eastern Outdoor Sportsmens Show Facebook page and let them know how you feel. We MUST stop this tactic of driving a wedge between hunters and shooters immediately. We must ALL STAND TOGETHER! Thanks!

gwsut
January 21, 2013, 11:30 AM
Jerry's Sports Center of PA is sold out of just about everything anyhow. They don't even have any 22 LR ammo.

22-rimfire
January 22, 2013, 04:58 PM
This is pretty classic and is a perfect demonstration of the communication speed and power of the internet.

CoRoMo
January 22, 2013, 05:15 PM
When Reed Exhibitions changes their name and resurfaces to conduct more gunshows, let everyone know.

GlowinPontiac
January 22, 2013, 05:25 PM
I just read on FB that Smith&Wesson has also pulled out of this show.

Sent from my C5120 using Tapatalk 2

Sam1911
January 22, 2013, 05:29 PM
When Reed Exhibitions changes their name and resurfaces to conduct more gunshows, let everyone know.I don't know if they'll change their name...but you could find them last week conducting the SHOT SHOW out in Vegas!

This decision, here in PA, is hard to fathom.

rjrivero
January 22, 2013, 05:32 PM
The more I think about it, the more I think this was a way to "test the waters." Mr. Obama said himself, the only way to get this legislation done is to bring them (hunters and outdoors types) to our side.

This was a test of our resolve as a group. I'm proud to see the industry hanging together, instead of hanging separately.

Rembrandt
January 22, 2013, 05:44 PM
So far there are around 110 businesses and celebrities that are taking a stand. No word yet if the NRA is following suit....they are listed as having two booths. Maybe their phone lines need to be lit up.....

Abner Druckenmiller
Ambush Firearms
American Whitetails of PA
Antler Insanity
Appalachian Big Game TV
Arrowhead Outdoors
Athens Archery
Atlantic Tactical
Avian-X Decoys
Bangin Redhedz
Bear Archery
Blitz TV
The Bear Whisperer
Bob Mercier
Bohning Archery
Bone Collectors
Boondock Outdoors
Bowfreakz.com
BowHunter Planet
Bowhunting.com
Cabela's
Campbell Cameras
Camo Addiction
CanCooker
Chris Brackett
Cold Steel Knives
Continental Divide Outfitters
Cross Canyon Arms
Cutting Edge Bullets
Dead Ringer
Direct Action Tactical Firearms
Domari Nolo Defense Consulting
Dominator 365
Down N Dirty Outdoors
DuckWater Boats
Eastern Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation
Eastern Outdoors
Eddie Salter
Family Traditions TV
Farmland Trophies Outfitting
Firearms Industry Consulting Group
Foiles Migrators
Forbes Turkey Calls
FoxPro Game Calls
Fred Eichler
Full Circle Outdoors
Ghost River Outfitters
Gone Wild Outdoors
Gut-N-Tag
Haley Heath
Heartland Whitetails
Hevi-Shot
High Lonesome Outfitters
HookHunt
Hunters and Guides Connection
Hunter Safety Systems
Hunter's Specialties
International Bowhunting Organization
IceHole Coolers
IScope
Jay Gregory
Jim Shockey
Keystone Country Store
Keystone Elk Country Alliance
King of the Mountain Inc.
Kinsey's Outdoors
KodaBow
Lancaster Archery Supply
Larry Weishuhn
Lee & Tiffany Lakosky
Major League Bowhunter
Midwest Whitetail Adventures
Muddy Outdoors
Dominance is Everything Hunting System
Matt Morett
Mountain Dog Chews
NasHunt Outdoors
Nature Blinds
Northern Hideaway Outfitters
Open Season TV
Outdoor Channel Outfitters
Outdoor Edge Knives
Ozonics Hunting
PA Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs
PA Taxidermy Association
PA Trappers Association
Pat & Nicole Reever
Pat Strawser Custom Calls
Pipeline Ridge Hunting Preserve
Primal Urge Outdoors
Primos Hunting Calls
PSE Archery
Radical Hunter
Ralph & Vicki Cianciarulo
Ranew's Outdoor Equipment
Revolution Hunting
Rhino Outdoors
Rick White
Rougeaux Taxidermy
Savage Outdoors
SecureIt Tactical
Skull Shine
Southern Game Calls
Spook Spann
Sportsmen of North America TV
Stan Potts
Stay Ready Inc.
Stokerized Stabilizers
Susquehanna River Waterfowlers Association
Table Mountain Outfitters
The Warmbag
TNT Archery
Tom Dokken
Tough Country Products
Trent Cole
Trijicon Inc.
Trop Gun Shop
Turnbull Manufacturing
Whitetail Bosses
Whitetail Freaks
Whitetail Heaven Outdoors
Wild Outdoors
Wired Outdoors
Woodcock Limited of PA
Wyvern Creations
X-Stand Treestands
Zink Calls
Zook Cabins
2 Million Bullets
24-7 Hunting TV


http://lancasteronline.com/article/l...door-Show.html

Fryerpower
January 22, 2013, 05:48 PM
Is this a list of groups going to the show or a list of groups that have pulled out of the show?

I see Cabela's on there so I am assuming all of these have pulled out of the show.

Jim

Rembrandt
January 22, 2013, 05:50 PM
Those are the vendors that have pulled out.

22-rimfire
January 22, 2013, 05:55 PM
It would be a shame to miss seeing Lee & Tiffany. :) I saw them at Bass Pro during one of their weekly retail events.

Fryerpower
January 22, 2013, 05:56 PM
That is a nice list! :)

Who is left? I would love to send them a cordial email expressing my disappointment.

Jim

hogshead
January 22, 2013, 05:58 PM
I saw S@W was pulling out too. Maybe if they make a stand here they will take those gosh awful eyesore locks off.

22-rimfire
January 22, 2013, 05:59 PM
Their website has a list of exhibitors. I noticed Cabelas is still listed. http://ess13.mapyourshow.com/5_0/search.cfm

This decision, here in PA, is hard to fathom.

It is that. This is a huge deal every year. My one brother often gives a paid presentation there.

Rob96
January 22, 2013, 06:19 PM
It would be a shame to miss seeing Lee & Tiffany

They cancelled as well.

22-rimfire
January 22, 2013, 06:50 PM
In case folks missed it, there is also an active thread in the Activism forum. http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=696041

enine
January 22, 2013, 09:40 PM
Now someone needs to find an alternate location nearby.

JVaughn
January 22, 2013, 09:51 PM
Excellent! We desperately needed a national chain to back us up, particularly after Dick's did their "sensitivity" measure last month. Cabela's is one of my heroes now.

22-rimfire
January 22, 2013, 10:01 PM
Cabelas and Bass Pro... two of a kind. Bass Pro does not have a presence in PA (never mind, but Sam reminded me below and now that I think about it my brothers have visited the store in Harrisburg.), but they also dropped out early before this bs started.

Sam1911
January 22, 2013, 10:04 PM
Bass Pro does not have a presence in PAWha??? There's a Bass Pro on Paxton Street in Harrisburg about a mile from the PA Farm Show Complex where the ESOS is being held.

22-rimfire
January 22, 2013, 10:19 PM
I was thinking they were only south and west of PA.

Sam1911
January 22, 2013, 10:21 PM
Ahhh, nope there's a few up here and this (http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?appID=94&storeId=10151&catalogId=10001) says there's even ones in NY, MA, and one in Canada!

22-rimfire
January 22, 2013, 10:24 PM
We need a Cabelas in TN. :) But then, they will start collecting sales tax... oh well, can't have everything.

PBR Streetgang
January 22, 2013, 10:25 PM
NRA just pulled out too!!!!!!!!

scotch827
January 22, 2013, 10:35 PM
The NRA has pulled out also.

http://mynortheastoutdoors.com/nra-withdraws-from-eastern-sports-outdoors-show-due-to-reed-exhibitions-decision-to-ban-modern-sporting-rifles/

Sam1911
January 22, 2013, 10:43 PM
We, the people, rock. That is all.

Now, let's get back to working on Congress! :)

LS240
January 22, 2013, 10:54 PM
I thanked Cabela's on their page and will be going to my local store to buy something tomorrow. Don't even know what yet lol, but I know I'll be leaving a specific thank you in the comment box after my purchase.

Kim
January 22, 2013, 11:04 PM
NWTF (Turkey Federation pulled out)!!!

izhevsk
January 22, 2013, 11:04 PM
I ordered some primers and powder from Cabela's last week, and was surprised at how fast they managed to ship it out to my house. Even with UPS ground, it only took all of two business days for the package to arrive at my house. Both Cabela's and Midway have always been great, in my personal experience.

Rembrandt
January 23, 2013, 06:45 AM
Vendors Pulled Out (207)
Many Not Yet Found / Added


2 Million Bullets
24/7 Hunting TV
Absaroke-Beartooth Outfitters
Alaska’s Ravencroft Lodge
Alaskan Outdoors TV
Ambush Firearms
American Whitetails of PA
Antler Insanity
Apex Tactical
Appalachian Big Game TV
Arrowhead Outdoors
Artistic Visions Wildlife Studio
Athens Archery
Atlantic Tactical
Avian X Decoys
Banded Calls
Bangin Redhedz Turkey Gear
Bear Archery
Big Game Butter
Blitz TV
Body Guard 360
Bohning Archery
Boulder Basin Outfitters
Boondock Outdoors
Bow Hunter’s Den
Bow Life, LLC
Buck Bomb
Burt Coyote Lumenok
C&D Outfitters
Cabela’s
Camo Addiction
Campbell Cameras
CanCooker
Chaparral Hunting Adventures
Cochrane River Outfitters
Cody Turkey Calls
Cold Steel Knives
Combative Edge
Continental Divide Outfitters
Cross Canyon Arms
Cutting Edge Bullets
Darkwoods Blind
DCVR
Dead Ringer
Deer and Deer Hunting.com
Direct Action Tactical Firearms
Dirty Dog Outdoors
Domari Nolo Defense Consulting
Dominance is Everything Hunting System
Dominator 365
Dokken Oakridge Kennels
Down N Dirty Outdoors
Drakes Migration Nation
Driven TV
Droptine Outfitters
DuckWater Boats
Eastern Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation
Eastern Outdoors
Easton Bow Hunting
Excalibur Crossbow US, Inc
Farmland Trophies Outfitting
Fear No Evil
Field Proven Calls
Firearms Industry Consulting Group
Firenock
Fish Outdoor Properties
Flatline Productions
Foiles Migrators, Inc
Forbes Turkey Calls
FOXPRO High Performance Game Calls
Full Circle Outdoors
Furtakers TV
Ghost River Outfitters – Alberta
Goey Hunting Calls
Gone Wild Outdoors
Goodling Rifles
Grand-Safari.com – South Africa/Tanzania/Cameroon
Gut N Tag, LLC
H.S. Specialities
Heartland Whitetails
Herd Guard
Hevi-Shot
High Lonesome Outfitters
HookHunt
Hoyt Archery Inc
Honey Creek Outfitters
Hunter Safety Systems
Hunter Specialties w/ Rick White
Hunters and Guides Connection
Hunters Comfort, LLC
Hunter’s Specialties
Huntin’ Is Good! TV
IceHole Coolers
International Bowhunting Organization
Iron Kin Hunt Club
IScope
J & M Traditions
Keystone Country Store
Keystone Elk Country Alliance
King of the Mountain Inc.
Kinsey’s Outdoors
Kodabow
Lancaster Archery Supply
Lanco Tactical
Leupold & Stevens Inc.
Lone Oak Retreivers
Major League Bowhunter
Masterpiece Outdoors, Inc.
Men in Treestands Productions
Midwest Whitetail Adventures
Mindful of Nature LLC
Montana Mountain West Outfitters
Mountain Dog Chews
Muddy Outdoors
Muskie Moose, LLC
NasHunt Outdoors
National Wild Turkey Federation
Nature Blinds, LLC
NasHunt Outdoors
National Rifle Association
Northern Hideaway Outfitters
Northern Outdoor Lodge
Northern Wilderness Outfitters
North Mountain Pepper Works
Ol’Man Treestands
Old Goat Outdoors
Open Season TV
Outdoor Channel Outfitters
Outdoor Edge Knives
Outdoor Specialist Group
Outdoorsnative.com
Ozonics Hunting
PA Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
PA Taxidermist Association, Inc
Pat Strawser Custom Calls
Pennsylvania Trappers Assoc.
Perry’s No Peep Archery Sights
Pipeline Ridge Hunting Preserve
Primal Urge Outdoors
Primos Hunting Calls
Proc’s Huntin Buddy
PSE Archery
Radical Hunter
Ranew’s Outdoor Equipment
Red Star Arms
Reflections Of The Wild
Revolution Hunting
Rhino Outdoors
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Rougeaux Taxidermy
Ruger Firearms
S & W Outfitter
Savco LLC
SecureIt Tactical
Shootingthex.com
SK Knives
Skull Shine
Smith and Wesson
Southern Game Calls
Spook Span
SportEAR
Sportsmen of North America TV
Starkey Hollow Whitetails
State Line Bone Mine
Staudt’s Gun Shop
Stay Ready Inc
Stokerized Stabilizers
Strother Archery
Summit County Outfitters
Summit Treestands
Susquehanna River Waterfowlers Assoc
Table Mountain Outfitters
Team Overkill
Team Urban Nocks
Ten Point Crossbows
The Bear Whisperer
The Outdoor Loop
The Sportsman’s Shop
The Warmbag
ThermaCell
Thompson Center Arms
Timberline Outfitters
TNT Archery
Tough Country
Trijicon, Inc
Triple Mag TV
Trop Gun Shop
Turnbull Manufacturing
U Slide Bow Hunter
Ultimate Camo
Umax Outdoors
Upper Canyon Outfitters
Wallaston Lake Lodge
Tex Mex Outdoors
The Warmbag
Watson Air Lock
Watt’s Truck Center
Whitetail Adrenanline
Whitetail Bosses
Whitetail Freaks
Whitetail Heaven Outdoors
Whitewolfsurvivalsupply.com
Wired Outdoors
Woodcock Limited of Pennsylvania
X-Stand Treestands
Zink Calls
Zook Cabins

Speaker / Celebrites Pulled Out (32)
Abner Druckenmiller – Furtakers TV
Angie & Scott Denny – THE LIFE at Table Mountain
Blaine Anthony, The Bear Whisperer
Bob Folkrod
Bob Mercier
Brad Farris – Primos
Chris Brackett
Eddie Salter
Fred Eichler – Fulldraw Outfitters
Greg Zipadelli
Hal Shaffer
Jamie Gray
Jay Gregory
J Paul Jackson – Drakes Migration nation
Jim and Eva Shockey
Jimmy Primos – Primos
Kevin Knighton
Kyle Wieter
Larry Weishuhn
Lee & Tiffany Lakosky “The Crush“
Marc Anthony – Speaker / Pro Hunter
Matt Morett
Michael Lee
Michael Waddell
Mike Stroff – Savage Outdoors TV
Nicole Jones
Pat Reeves
Ralph & Vicki Cianciarulo – Archers Choice
Stan Potts
Bone Collector
Tom Dokken
Trent Cole
Woody Sullivan

Other Boycott Supporters (39)
Advantage Taxidermy Studio Inc
American Tactical Imports
Anything About Guns
Backwoods Life
Bloodline With Alex Ruthledge
Bowfreakz.com
Bowhunting.com
Bowhunter Planet
Bowhunting Addiction TV
Broken Arrow Wilderness
Bowhunters TV
Chasing Trophy Whitetails
Citizens for a Responsibly Armed Society
Crossbow Nation
Dave’s House of Hair, Harrisburg PA
Dead Dog Walkin’ TV
Driven TV
Drop Zone TV
Eddie Salter
Family Traditions TV
Gene & Barry Wensel
Haley Heath
Hank Parker
Horton Crossbows
Hunt Wicked Close TV
Idaho Center of Emergency Medical Training
Mark & Beau Rodgers – Real Deal Outdoors
Mosquito Creek Outdoors, FL
NebraskaOutfitter.com
Needleman & Pisano
Off Grid Survival
OrgaPro Ltd.
Roger Raglin
Shelly & Tara Seiler – Working for Whitetails TV
Stanley Scruggs Hunting Products
The Banded Nation TV
The Best Of The West TV
The Fowl Life TV
The Kronik Hunter and staff
The Pennsylvania Crossbow Federation
The Resistence TV
Wyvern Creations

trailgator
January 23, 2013, 07:49 AM
There website still shows some of the speakers/celebrities that have pulled out as still going being there. I looked at the exhibitor list, and there are still over 1000 booths. I hope a lot more of them pull out.

Ryanxia
January 23, 2013, 10:58 AM
Good for them. Almost makes me want to pay their incredibly high prices.

SoCalNoMore
January 23, 2013, 04:21 PM
http://outdoorsnative.com/outdoor-life/firearms/we-will-not-be-attending-eastern-sports-and-outdoor-show-and-neither-should-you/

primalmu
January 23, 2013, 04:24 PM
That is one hell of a list!

az_imuth
January 23, 2013, 04:55 PM
I would like to see a list of exhibitors that are still attending...so I can be sure to never send any business their way.

SoCalNoMore
January 23, 2013, 05:01 PM
I would like to see a list of exhibitors that are still attending...so I can be sure to never send any business their way.
Me too, I will see if I can find one.

Gunther
January 23, 2013, 05:18 PM
Comcast and Progressive Insurance are still sponsors. Go to their websites and let them hear from you. We need to break the Brits (REED EXHIBITIONS). Lets STAND Together!!

ApacheCoTodd
January 23, 2013, 05:55 PM
Outstanding display of unity. Now if only some one could quantify the negative impact in terms of lost revenue due to the "feel good" decision on the part of the venue administrators.

I can't remember the number - but do recall it being mind boggling - when they cancelled the Great Western show in Pamona. Epic loss of funds twice yearly with a smaller version in December as well.

The tax payers in the region should be made aware as well as the fact that the jurisdiction will be looking elsewhere to balance the shortfall.

hso
January 23, 2013, 05:57 PM
Look at the Activism thread and you'll find a link to the exhibitor list. You can scan through and compare it to the list of those that have withdrawn so you can contact them and ask them to withdraw.

ms6852
January 23, 2013, 05:59 PM
I am not able to open the link, can someone post it again?

ApacheCoTodd
January 23, 2013, 06:23 PM
Comcast and Progressive Insurance are still sponsors. Go to their websites and let them hear from you. We need to break the Brits (REED EXHIBITIONS). Lets STAND Together!!
I wouldn't be the least bit surprised it Progressive wasn't a part of the decision.

Progressive in the title and "progressive" in the socio-political leanings of the CEO and public donations of the company.

Hardtarget
January 23, 2013, 06:47 PM
Makes me wish I lived close...so I could choose to NOT GO. :D

Will there really be a show with all those companies pulling out? That is a very long list.

Mark

RCArms.com
January 23, 2013, 06:53 PM
If you wanted to make an impact, MAIL a hard signed letter to each and every company that pulled out of that show, applauding their integrity, and make it a point to patronize them in the future (and tell them that in your letter).

Imagine the support that would be showed by having a few thousand pieces of mail come in thanking them and pledging some form of future business.

Don

Gunther
January 23, 2013, 08:56 PM
It looks like COMCAST has pulled out as a sponsor! They are no longer listed on Sponsor portion of Sportsmans Show Web Page! One to go...Progressive Insurance, I e mailed them and they said they are evaluating there sponsorship!!!! Send those E-Mails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

481
January 23, 2013, 11:29 PM
After writing several emails asking sponsors to withdraw, it is nice to be able to write to them again and thank them for listening to us.

Earlier this evening I had the nicest conversation with a young lady from Cabelas and was utterly amazed at the unity she expressed for the our community (gun owners). As a result I plan on returning the favor by heading out to Cabelas tomorrow and making a long overdue purchase some fishing gear that I've had my eye on for some time but could never quite "justify". Now I can.

Prophet
January 23, 2013, 11:41 PM
Wow, nice to finally see some great things happening! Though it's a shame considering this was likely to be my first gun show, it's definitely given the firearms community an opportunity to hang together.

This right here is America. Make sure to thank the folks you contacted who withdrew from the show.

Sam1911
January 24, 2013, 05:46 AM
this was likely to be my first gun showWell, it wouldn't have been very representative of a good GUN show. Interesting as a hunter, but any of the regular Harrisburg gun shows (held in the same building), or the one down at York, would be far better gun shows to attend.

22-rimfire
January 24, 2013, 09:54 AM
Rumor has it that about 75% of Eastern's financial backing has been lost for this show. Rumor also has it that they have quit selling advance tickets. I can not confirm either.

So others know... THIS IS NOT A GUN SHOW. IT IS A SPORTS SHOW... hunting, fishing, golf, boating, guns, etc. It has a very broad theme.

Loc n Load
January 24, 2013, 10:17 AM
Everybody should boycott the show.

trailgator
January 24, 2013, 10:17 AM
Just checked their site. It says "tickets no longer available online". They're also still listing the guys from Primos and a couple other speakers as being there, even though they've cancelled.

Sam1911
January 24, 2013, 11:06 AM
Check the other thread!

Show is CANCELLED or POSTPONED!

josiewales
January 24, 2013, 12:10 PM
Now, thanks to the boycott, the sportsmans show in Harrisburg is postponed!
This is exactly what needed to happen!

josiewales
January 24, 2013, 12:14 PM
http://www.dailylocal.com/article/20130124/NEWS03/130129760/harrisburg-gun-show-focus-of-boycott-postponed

SoCalNoMore
January 24, 2013, 12:14 PM
Indeed, I was very happy when I heard this. Its pathetic how they blame the protesters etc and dont see their own mistake.

taliv
January 24, 2013, 12:17 PM
well, success would have been if they'd reversed the ban and allowed black rifles to be displayed

22-rimfire
January 24, 2013, 12:23 PM
I don't mind folks sticking to their principles. Reed Exhibition is however a business and as a business they should make decisions that are focused on their bottom line. Canceling or postponing the show indefinitely is a reflection of their bottom line.

The whole deal hurts the Harrisburg PA area financially as this is a much anticipated annual event at the Farm Show Arena.

Cabelas started the stampede. Reed deserved this. The visitors and vendors did not deserve this.

481
January 24, 2013, 12:27 PM
Reed deserved this. The visitors and vendors did not deserve this.

I agree, Reed's had it coming. Perhaps they can use the postponement to "re-think" what matters most to their clientele (besides the vendors it is the law-abiding gun-owner regardless of the type gun preferred).

I am also very pleased that Cabelas and so many others chose to stand by us- they know we, their customers, are their paycheck.

Claude Clay
January 24, 2013, 12:30 PM
well, success would have been if they'd reversed the ban and allowed black rifles to be displayed

----^-- this

Romeo 33 Delta
January 24, 2013, 12:35 PM
Moral of the story: NEVER BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU!

Ryanxia
January 24, 2013, 12:40 PM
While it was the organizer's right to do what they did, the boycott needed to happen. If they had not infringed then the everyone would be enjoying another great show. Oh well, maybe the next one then? :)

Skribs
January 24, 2013, 12:43 PM
Regardless, we showed that the gun industry does not desire a reduction in the amount of "assault weapons" we have. When someone tries to help the feds reduce our rights, we ostricize them and make it known they will not get our business. While I personally feel we shouldn't divide and conquer between the people of the gun community, we need to stand firm and let everyone know we will not be complacent. This is a win for us.

Ryanxia
January 24, 2013, 12:48 PM
Skribs
Regardless, we showed that the gun industry does not desire a reduction in the amount of "assault weapons" we have. When someone tries to help the feds reduce our rights, we ostricize them and make it known they will not get our business. While I personally feel we shouldn't divide and conquer between the people of the gun community, we need to stand firm and let everyone know we will not be complacent. This is a win for us.

Well said.

carbine85
January 24, 2013, 01:25 PM
http://washingtonexaminer.com/nra-boycott-kills-outdoors-show-that-banned-assault-weapons/article/2519579#.UQF8H2eAu-W

Cosmoline
January 24, 2013, 01:31 PM
Excellent. How on Earth a UK based bunch ended up running this show is a mystery, but nobody should be doing business with those people.

Russ Jackson
January 24, 2013, 01:32 PM
Great news and there were over 400 vendors that pulled out.

Jim, West PA
January 24, 2013, 01:40 PM
Looking at it from 'thier' point of view tho,to stop a gun show is a win in thier column.

Cosmoline
January 24, 2013, 01:41 PM
Decimation makes the legion stronger.

Doc7
January 24, 2013, 01:55 PM
I posted my disappointment on their FB page last week and consider this a success. It is time for the industry players to show they are supporters of the Amendment and ALL of its intended purposes. None of this "we support these aspects of gun ownership but not these ones". This is a win and we won't see many more shows pull this stunt.

HankR
January 24, 2013, 02:07 PM
We need to support those vendors that pulled out, and let them know why.

Grassman
January 24, 2013, 02:09 PM
We need to support those vendors that pulled out, and let them know why.
+1........

CoRoMo
January 24, 2013, 04:45 PM
http://www.easternsportshow.com/

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.”
They make it a point to blame and insult the gun-nuts for this show being canceled, as opposed to it being canceled due to the decision that they made. Apparently they didn't want to proceed with the show because their customers would not be able to enjoy themselves... because of us. Theirs was merely a decision that only affected a small group. This must mean that their decision was the right one, but if it wasn't for this little fringe group of unwashed losers, they could have provided the family enjoyment that they intended to.

Rob96
January 24, 2013, 04:48 PM
Reed needs to be taught a lesson that they can not impose their country's anti-gun stance on us. They are a show provider. They do not dictate to us what constitutes a traditional weapon or a sporting weapon. A better, more constituionally friendly organization, and US based company needs to run the show.

CJW
January 24, 2013, 07:25 PM
I agree with Cabela's decision, but I will never shop there again for another reason. I had a Cabela's credit card, issued by their own bank, which I was never late paying, always payed more than the minimum due, and never had an unreasonable or overdue balance. In the credit crunch of 2009 they decided to stick it to me anyway. Jacked my interest rate up to 30% then a few months later canceled my account altogether. That's how they treat paying customers? I vowed to never give them another dime, and never will.

22-rimfire
January 24, 2013, 07:28 PM
That was not Cabelas. That was the bank that issued the card. Had the same thing happen to me with a couple other bank cards.

Dean Weingarten
January 24, 2013, 10:22 PM
The Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show (ESS) is one of the biggest in the world. It is (or was) held in Pennsylvania, and had upward of 200,000 attendees each year. On January 18th, word was received that the management of ESS decided to change the show rules at (for major shows) the last minute. They decided the political climate was right to prohibit Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) from the show.

The response was immediate and massive, amplified by overwhelming grassroots support. Vendors bailed, even if it cost them thousands, in protest of this blatant politicization of the show. Cabela's, one of the main sponsors, bailed almost immediately. The spontaneous boycott snowballed. By yesterday a quarter of vendors and celebrities had bailed, and more were announcing by the hour. Reed Exhibitions' response was curious. They could have ended the boycott and saved the show very quickly by announcing that the decision was a local mistake, or a misunderstanding. They chose to do neither, promising a statement from day to day, while not delivering one, as the boycott gained momentum and grew gigantic.

Finally, a statement was released today, saying that the show was "postponed". In practice, for a major show, this means "canceled".

Here is their statement. I find it difficult to interpret it as anything other than a statement that they would rather anger the majority of their American customers rather than retract their last minute change of policy:

“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 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.”

In effect, Reed Exhibitions would rather cancel the show than return to the status quo that existed before they made their inflammatory and political decision.

It appears that supporting the Obama regime's politics was more important to them than making money.

They are a large organization based in Europe. They manage over 400 shows a year, of which only 32 are in the United States. They appear to be on the "progressive" end of the political spectrum. While lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people often support armed self defence (Pink Pistols), separating them as a subgroup to be targeted for marketing is not indicative of a conservative organization. Reed Exibitions' issue of a press release on January 8th did just that.

Reed Exhibitions parent company, Reed Elsevier, announced that they would be exiting the Defense Exhibition business during the second half of 2007.

It remains to be seen if Reed Exhibitions will be retained by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to manage the Shot Show next year, as they did just two weeks ago.

I find the lack of media coverage amazing. We have everything necessary for a great news story. British company dabbles in American politics, perhaps trying to curry favor with the administration.

American grass roots response by boycott is immediate and massive. A huge show, with over 200,000 attendees is shut down because the Brits will not back down.

This in the middle (likely because of) some of the most hotly contested political issues in years.

Not a peep from the old media. Why is this not covered in the New York Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR?

A cynical person would say that it is not covered because it hurts the Obama regimes' political agenda.

Dean Weingarten

AR15 ban link

Boycott story link

Pink Pistols Link

press release link

Reed Elsevier Defense Exhibition link

National Shooting Sports Foundation Link

http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2013/01/reed-exhibitions-politics-over-money.html

CLP
January 24, 2013, 11:26 PM
Hah! According to the author, you can't use ARs (or MSRs or whatever we're calling them) to hunt. Someone needs to tell all the people who've successfully hunted with them that that's not what those rifles are for.
I'm glad this show was boycotted and failed. We need unity right now.

CLP
January 24, 2013, 11:28 PM
Oh man I just read that a second time and it ticked me off even more.

481
January 24, 2013, 11:42 PM
Looks like it is time to start letting NSSF that they need to find a new organizer for the 2014 SHOT Show- one that is, that supports all firearms owners and enthusiasts, not just the ones that Zero & Co deem as being "acceptable". If they want our money, they damned well better support us- all of us.

E-mail sent. (to NSSF stating the above point of view in several well-chosen words) ;)

Ms_Dragon
January 25, 2013, 12:12 AM
Have Reed Exhibitions *a Brit company* not heard of The Declaration of Independence?

Obviously the fact that America fought the Brits under their system of unjust http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercantilism is wasted on them?

Reed Exhibitions has missed that particular boat by over 237 years.

Loc n Load
January 25, 2013, 08:27 AM
I think it is wonderful that the big vendors like Cabela's and Smith & Wesson led the way on this.....and you are correct the "mainstream media" will be mum on this subject.....2013 is a different world, than 1994 was. The AR rifle is the most popular rifle sold in this country.....there are over a dozen manufacturers of that platform in this country, and an entire industry of accessory vendors has developed around it.
The people I feel bad for are the small guy's who exhibit at the show and depend it on for a large part of their annual revenue...and the surrounding community that benefits from the millions of dollars that are spent by the people attending the event.
A statement has been made, and it will not go unnoticed.

SaxonPig
January 25, 2013, 08:42 AM
Time to find a new outfit to put on these shows.

Time to find an AMERICAN outfit to put on these shows.

Time to tell Reed to go to Hell and take the rest of the anti 2A jackals with them.

HOOfan_1
January 25, 2013, 08:47 AM
Hah! According to the author, you can't use ARs (or MSRs or whatever we're calling them) to hunt. .

the only proper way to hunt is to drive a herd of animals off of a cliff...have you not heard?

KTXdm9
January 25, 2013, 09:07 AM
Excellent news. We all need to vote immediately with our wallets when businesses decided they'd rather cave to political pressure than serve their customers. It obviously had a huge impact on this event, in tandem with the vendor response.

DeepSouth
January 25, 2013, 09:18 AM
It's funny, over half the coyote hunters I know use an AR.
Many of them use one of those awful 30 round mags when they do.

Strange Bob
January 25, 2013, 10:50 AM
Sent the following email to the NSSF:

"Would like to see you drop Reed Exhibitions as the promoter of the SHOT show due to their anti 2A stance at the Eastern Pa. Outdoors Show. In fact the use of an American Company with pro2A stances would seem only appropriate.

Regards,
Bob "


http://www.nssf.org/industry/contactNSSF.cfm

thorazine
January 25, 2013, 02:50 PM
Sent the following email to the NSSF:

"Would like to see you drop Reed Exhibitions as the promoter of the SHOT show due to their anti 2A stance at the Eastern Pa. Outdoors Show. In fact the use of an American Company with pro2A stances would seem only appropriate.

Regards,
Bob "

+1

Sent something similar as well.

BullfrogKen
January 25, 2013, 05:47 PM
well, success would have been if they'd reversed the ban and allowed black rifles to be displayed

Perhaps, but this is a stronger statement than the promoter caving to the pressure.

The MSM may not report this. It's all over my local news.

Link to several back-to-back posts in Activism containing local news stories (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=8684277#post8684277)

I do believe that the Democrat strategists and staffers for Senators and Representatives noticed what happened. This is a very strong statement.

Our local economy will take a huge hit from this. So will those retailers and exhibitors at the show.

However, when you tell your Congresscritter to oppose the AWB 2.0 and he or she responds with "I'm support the rights of hunters and sportsmen, but", you point this out to them.

We are all unified. Sportsmen and hunters did this. We have learned to stand united. That tired old appeasement they throw out won't work anymore. This is very strong evidence of it.

kfrobinson
January 26, 2013, 04:06 PM
Congratulations to the vendors and sponsors that pulled out of the Pa sport and outdoor show in Harrisburg. I was going to attend, but now my plans have changed. Maybe we can find a American promoter to run the show and not censor the vendor displays. Hopefully this promoter will stay in England where he belongs. I was glad to see all the vendors unite even when the changes did not affect them. It cost many of them a lot of money.

22-rimfire
January 26, 2013, 07:22 PM
I suspect Reed Exhibitions may have some civil liability when it comes to lost revenue considering they changed the terms of the agreement. Lots of hotels, motels, restaurants in addition to the vendors will feel the loss of income from Reed's decisions.

ApacheCoTodd
February 4, 2013, 07:07 PM
Just made their news this past weekend.

Typical though that the negative effects are laid at the feet of the boycotters rather than those of the promoter/venue.

Clicking on "listen to the story" is an exercise in "spin".

http://www.npr.org/2013/02/01/170867302/pennsylvania-outdoor-sports-show-caught-in-gun-debate-crosshairs

Sam1911
February 4, 2013, 08:11 PM
Wow, I'm loving the comments section! Is there any doubt WE are everywhere now?

Feinstein and Schumer, et al, wanted a final battle. What they seem to have gotten is a hill to die on. The battle is not quite going the way they'd hoped! :) Turns out there's a few of them and a LOT of us, and we're driven and active like never, ever before!

enine
February 4, 2013, 09:02 PM
I had a Cabela's credit card, issued by their own bank, which I was never late paying, always payed more than the minimum due, and never had an unreasonable or overdue balance. In the credit crunch of 2009 they decided to stick it to me anyway. Jacked my interest rate up to 30% then a few months later canceled my account altogether. That's how they treat paying customers? I vowed to never give them another dime, and never will.

Most stores do not finance their own credit, its contracted to a financial company. There were a lot of new financial regulations imposed by the .gov over the last few years too as they work to "fix" the economy.

enine
February 4, 2013, 09:07 PM
Excellent news. We all need to vote immediately with our wallets when businesses decided they'd rather cave to political pressure than serve their customers. It obviously had a huge impact on this event, in tandem with the vendor response.

I used my Cabelas Rewards Visa to buy a Smith and Wesson :)

Yes, Cabelas didn't get any benefit from using my Visa card at that moment but I'll stop on the way down to the farm and look for magazines and ammo.

ApacheCoTodd
February 4, 2013, 09:41 PM
Wow, I'm loving the comments section! Is there any doubt WE are everywhere now?

Feinstein and Schumer, et al, wanted a final battle. What they seem to have gotten is a hill to die on. The battle is not quite going the way they'd hoped! :) Turns out there's a few of them and a LOT of us, and we're driven and active like never, ever before!
All the more shocking as this is an NPR site showing that some of their listeners - like myself - do not support the excessively left leaning agenda.

ezkl2230
February 5, 2013, 07:05 AM
For a company that boycotted this show because of the organizer's gun control stand, they aren't quite as pro-carry as many believe. I checked into this while visiting one of their stores because there has been some confusing information on other forums about their carry policy.

Employees are not allowed to carry (not even those in the firearms department) on the premises, and if customers intend to unholster their legally carried firearm (OC or CC) to size a new holster or for some other reason, they have to unload it first outside the building, check it in with the firearms inspector at the front door to make sure that it is unloaded, and then be accompanied by a store employee because, while they won't interfere with our right to carry a holstered firearm (OC or CC) in accordance with state laws, they won't allow us to otherwise have a loaded firearm in the store.

So, it's great that they took this stand with this sports show, but they practice their own brand of gun control themselves in their own stores.

Sam1911
February 5, 2013, 07:18 AM
Employees are not allowed to carry (not even those in the firearms department) on the premises, Don't like that one, myself, but the reasons for it are a bit more complex that just "we don't like it." Allowing/inviting employees to be armed as part of company policy opens them up to certain liabilities whether we understand why or not.

and if customers intend to unholster their legally carried firearm (OC or CC) to size a new holster or for some other reason, they have to unload it first outside the building, check it in with the firearms inspector at the front door to make sure that it is unloaded, and then be accompanied by a store gun runner because, while they won't interfere with our right to carry a holstered firearm (OC or CC) in accordance with state laws, they won't allow us to otherwise have a loaded firearm in the store.

Maybe re-read what you wrote there. If someone's carrying a holstered firearm, that's just fine with them. If someone's going to take it out and handle it, it MUST be unloaded and cleared (checked) ahead of time.

DUH! THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING. That's exactly what our private shooting club requires as well when you enter the club house. And exactly what any gun shop should require (unless they can provide a safe clearing area in some bullet-proof part of the store.)

That's not some gross infringement. That's smart safety procedures and I applaud them for it.

Do NOT walk into an establishment and pull out your loaded carry gun! Guns in holsters are safe. Guns in HANDS are not safe. If you want to buy grips, holsters, or bring in a gun for trade or sale, UNLOAD IT FIRST. That Cabela's has an official policy on how that should be done is a FANTASTIC thing.

BullfrogKen
February 5, 2013, 08:39 AM
I'm totally supportive of Cabela's policy on handling a firearm while in their store.

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