NRA Withdraws from Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show

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The NRA is joining the ranks of exhibitors and vendors withdrawing from the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show at the Farm Show Complex due to the event’s organizers decision to ban modern sporting rifles, labeled assault-style weapons by gun control advocates, this year. The following statement appears on their website:

Due to Reed Exhibitions’ refusal to reconsider their decision to ban Modern Sporting Rifles from the February 2-10 Eastern Sports Show in Harrisburg, PA, the National Rifle Association has decided to withdraw from the show. We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so. 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.


  • Chris F

    I have a nagging feeling that VP Biden is involved in Reeds decision. In any case I'm proud of the NRA for bailing–it's called leadership and supporting members and other vendors who have committed to sending a message. Way to go NRA!

  • An American

    Kids had asked about going up, gottta stand for something, might go next year if someone else is running it!

  • RLM

    Over 322 and counting as of yesterday afternoon. When I went to the shows own website there were 6 FEATURED vendors left. One of those also announced they would not be going. When I saw the show was sponsored by Progressive Insurance, it all made sense.

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