As word of Reed Exhibitions banning assault style rifles spreads, so does the list of vendors, sponsors and celebrities backing out and boycotting the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg.
Kinsey’s Outdoors is one of those businesses. This is the first show they will miss in over ten years. “As a business, dealing with the public, you know having a door that’s open to the public, it’s a very hard decision to make. The decisions you make, they don’t appease to everyone you just hope you’re making the one that is right for yourself. And that will benefit the majority,” says General Manager Alex Cameron. “It was determined with ownership that we could not support their decision. It appeared we couldn’t support it and our customers don’t support it, and our business partners the majority of which don’t support it. We’re an outdoor store, but we support anything that has to do with hunting, fishing, related to the outdoors, and part of that is owning and using recreational firearms. Not just for hunting or tradition but as part of our right to do so.”
A statement on the Eastern Sports And Outdoor Show website says, “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.”