Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show


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kyarcher
January 24, 2013, 06:23 PM
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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rbernie
January 24, 2013, 06:25 PM
In the current climate, we felt that the presence of MSRs would distract from the theme of hunting and fishingTheir response shows that they clearly see modern sporting rifles such as AR's as unsuitable for hunting and sporting uses. That fact should not be glossed over in the coming days.

Sure looks like a MSR in this pic, and it sure looks like a hunt to me.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=89381&d=1229388127

Twmaster
January 24, 2013, 07:15 PM
Yea, tell me my 6.8 SPC AR based hog rifle is not for hunting.

While I think the stance of the promoter is ridiculous and it's a shame this event will not be happening this year, I -am- pleased to see the large number of vendors boycott. I'm told there are 170 vendors boycotting.

kyarcher
January 24, 2013, 09:19 PM
Smith & Wesson pulled out today.

Twmaster
January 24, 2013, 09:24 PM
S&W pulled out earlier in the week.

Here's a link to a loooong list of manufacturers, sporting goods retailers and other groups who've bailed on this show. Also listed are outdoors personalities and more.

http://www.ammoland.com/2013/01/list-of-exhibitors-boycotting-the-anti-black-rifle-eastern-sports-outdoor-show/#axzz2IoJmClHP

22-rimfire
January 24, 2013, 09:49 PM
Doesn't matter who pulled out now except you might want to do business with them. There were 308 vendors that pulled out by this morning.

I suspect Reed Exhibitions may have learned something. They may well loose the SHOT show next year over this.

kyarcher
January 24, 2013, 10:11 PM
Eastern Sports and Outdoors are on Facebook and they sure are getting ripped!!
I'm surprised they haven't deleted their page.

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