Outdoors Convention Won't Include Modern Sporting Rifles; NRA, Cabela's Pull Out
Bert Atkinson Jr. | On 23, Jan 2013
The Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show is a convention of sorts taking place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that is a “unique celebration of the authentic hunting and fishing traditions that are cherished by millions of Americans and their families.” However, the show has made a change this year:
As a hunting-focused event, we welcome exhibitors who wish to showcase products and firearms that serve the traditional needs of the sport. Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd Amendment. However, this year we have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention that would distract from the strong focus on hunting and fishing at this family-oriented event and possibly disrupt the broader positive experience of our guests.
As you can imagine, the decision to ban modern sporting rifles has received some backlash. Now, the NRA has pulled out of the show, along with vendors such as Cabela’s, Kinsey’s Outdoors, and Atlantic Tactical of New Cumberland, a company that supplies equipment for law enforcement.
“We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so,” the press 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.”
COMMENT below: How do you feel about this Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show making a stand against modern sporting rifles?