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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show Update



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.

Refunds will be provided for each paid admission ticket purchased thru the web based official on-line Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show web site before 10:00am Eastern Standard Time on January 24, 2013. We will detail the refund process on our web site and in an additional email by January 31, 2013.

"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."

41 comments :

Anonymous said...

What BS! They aren't worried about a "theme" - if that was the case why haven't they limited what vendors could display in the past? They are just jumping on the "gun control" band wagon.

Anonymous said...

a small percentage?????? over 400 vendors have boycotted and pulled out of the show and please note REID EXPOSITIONS BUSINESS IS BASED IN THE UK

Anonymous said...

Thanks to the ESS for taking a stand.
Sorry to see that the NRA (why don't they change the name to National Gun Manufacturers Association?) and its neanderthal element has scored a victory.
I have proudly thrown in the trash my NRA membership renewal. That's a statement I can make and I encourage others who have a conscience to do the same.

Anonymous said...

182 have boycotted and there is 1404 vendors

Anonymous said...

@1:11 Glad to know you won't be associated with my NRA anymore. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

Just like the first 'assault ban', this one has nothing to do with the weapon(s) that were used.

Anonymous said...

I tore up my NRA card as well, they never have done anything for me. All they tell you are their new membership numbers are climbing, but what about all of us who will not be re-newing. They will notice in the near future.

Anonymous said...

I encourage people to join the NRA there fighting for your right to have a gun of your choseing. Not a gun the Government tells you, you can have. I 'm a hunter and don't have a Ar style rifle, but i like to think i have the right to have 1 if i chose to do so.

Anonymous said...

Is it called "sports and outdoors show" or "hunting and fishing show"? 6 months ago I hunted hogs in Kentucky with an AK-47.....this isnt hunting? Oh yeah, that gun looks scary....nevermind

Anonymous said...

Did you miss the part that says RIFLE???? Let me guess, when you joined you thought they only supported "rifles" that you see fit...sounds good to me. "national rifles that anonymous likes"

Anonymous said...

2:10: Maybe you should work on your "right to aim". Please post where you hunt so I can avoid it. That's more scary to me.

Anonymous said...

As a matter of fact smart ass, when I went to the place thats what they handed me. I guess I should have said "no thank you, there is some retard on the internet that dont approve of this gun". And for your information, I shot 5 times and got 4 hogs. How well do you shoot at a target moving 30 mph?

Anonymous said...

Why Young Women Want AR-15s

Americans have the right to an efficient weapon for home defense.

Sorry, President Obama. As young women, we prefer an AR-15 “assault” rifle with a 30-round magazine for self-defense.

In fact, we wouldn’t want to be stuck at home without one. In the wake of mass murders like Sandy Hook and the horrific rapes and murders of thousands of women each year, pepper spray, mace, or five-round handheld pistols aren’t going to cut it.

So what’s a girl to do? When choosing our tool for home defense, we want the best — in accuracy, handling, and aesthetics. The best choice by all three criteria is — hands down — the AR-15.

AR-15s are the most popular rifle in the U.S.; more than 3 million Americans own one. And its popularity isn’t with criminals — assault rifles account for only 0.6 percent of murders every year. Rather, the semi-automatic AR-15 is the gun of choice for many hunters, target shooters, and home defenders.

Critics pin the allure of AR-15 on Hollywood (think Angelina Jolie’s “Wait, why do I get the girl gun?” in Mr. and Mrs. Smith), video games, and the military, but women especially haven’t chosen this weapon on a whim.

Our goal when defending against a home invader is simple: to hit where we aim. One shouldn’t underestimate the value of target practice, but using an accurate weapon is the key to hitting a target with ease and confidence.

The AR-15 is lightweight and practical. As light as five pounds, it produces low levels of recoil, and it’s easy to shoot. It also looks intimidating, which is what you want when facing an assailant or intruder. But don’t let its appearance intimidate you. Assault rifles such as the AR-15 aren’t more “dangerous,” as liberals claim. They don’t fire faster than other rifles, and don’t normally contain more powerful ammunition.

Accuracy? Check. Ease in handling? Check. Intimidation factor? Check. An AR-15 might be a woman’s best friend.

We are rational women who, as law-abiding citizens, understand the need — and the right — to defend ourselves. We don’t want to be caught underprepared in the kind of desperate situation that happens too frequently to people across America.
Read rest of article -
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/338418/why-young-women-want-ar-15s-celia-bigelow#

Anonymous said...

2:10 - Really? You need an AK47 to hunt hogs? So if my neighbor's dog poops in my yard, you're saying if the government won't let me get a Howitzer to blow it back into my neighbor's yard I've lost my right to defend myself? I'd love to hear more from responsible gun owners and veterans who are familiar with assault weapons. Is there any real sport that they are appropriate for?

Anonymous said...

oh, now they're blaming it on the 'atmosphere' supposedly 'surrounding' it? please. the fact is, they took a political stand to float in the middle and it bit them in the ass. the majority of gunowners made a stand and for all the talk of what 'Americans wanted', the largest outdoor show around just found out what "shall not be infringed' means.


and quit blaming the NRA like 'they' did something. here's a news flash- I'M the NRA! the NRA is every American Patriot, willing to stand up to all enemies foreign and domestic, standing together.

Anonymous said...

Yep. Shooting. Is this about a howitzer or assault rifles? Wait is this like the tanks and missle launchers argument you guys came up with? And you can buy a howitzer if you want. Military surplus auctions sell them frequently. Just saying

Anonymous said...

So where do you all draw the line on what a citizen should be able to own? The 2nd Amend. says the right to bear arms. "Arms" is a vague term that could mean any weapon on earth. Should a person be allowed to own an RPG? Tank? Scud Missile? Fighter Jet? I would hope you don't. I don't think that line being drawn back to high capacity semi-auto rifles is that outrageous. And no need to repeat the "next it will be all guns" argument. I've heard it all. The President has no part in repealing an amendment. It won't happen. I suggest the NRA use it's money to help find solutions to these problems instead of it being used in constant defiance. Maybe start with some of Wayne LaPierre's $970,588 yearly salary.

Anonymous said...

Do you realize how stupid you anti Americans sound? Seriously...

Anonymous said...

Haha only an anti-American democrap could change a conversation about stealing our rights into one about dog shit and cannons...

Anonymous said...

3:03 "I'd love to hear more from responsible gun owners and veterans who are familiar with assault weapons. Is there any real sport that they are appropriate for?"


i'm a responsible gun owner, of AR15's and an AK. I'm also a veteran familar with REAL assault rifles: M16, M4, and M60.

i'll answer your question with one of my own- "what does sport have anything to do with the Second Amendment?"

Are Black rifles used for hunting? doesnt matter. are they used for target shooting? doesnt matter. how about defense? doesnt matter. "shall not be infringed." period. you can talk about hunting, you can talk abotu shooting or defense, you can talk about wants and needs; no if it matters- its a RIGHT earned by those like myself who carried REAL assault rifles, granted to all law-abiding Americans, like like all the other rights.

you want to comment back? go ahead, you have that right too. i have no problems allowing you to practice the First even though you're trying to take my Second; i served to defend all of them.

you're welcome.

Anonymous said...


Leaning on the second amendment, then you must also agree/respect/support another aspect that our founders also incorporated into our founding laws. Ensuring that laws can change with the times. They realized they didn't have all the answers and could not ever imagine the times we are living in today.

Debating on here if fun and emotional and no one opinion is right or wrong...your best bet is to write your legislators and let them know what you think. I'd be interested how many of the above have done the true American act and sent a letter. They will be the ones determining this outcome, end of story.

Anonymous said...

Send a letter? Haha. Have you not been reading this blog's comment sections for the last few years? People here just complain. They don't take action. Send a letter is too much trouble let alone studying, graduating from college, going to law school, running for office, and actually making a difference. That's what people say where I live to those that complain about everything the govt. does. If you don't like it do something about it. This will seem ludicrous to someone from PC because everyone's expectations of each other is so low.

Anonymous said...

Wow, 3:40, thank you!- for your service and for your understanding of the critical importance of the 2nd Amendment to the Bill or RIGHTS. And 4:02, laws can and do change, RIGHTS do not. The RIGHT to keep and bear arms, especially in the context of self-preservation be it from individuals who would do us harm or by a tryanical government, is not uniquely American, it is recognized back into the earliest history of mankind, emanating from Natural Law. We Americans who understand history and take responsibility for our own (and your) protection will not yield our rights, ever. As Lincoln said at Gettysburg, it is up to the living 'that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth'.

Anonymous said...

Cant afford a stamp. Welfare dont cover those

Anonymous said...

Thank you 3:40

Dear Feinsteinistas,

A simple google search of :Can you hunt with an AR" will reveal that you can hunt with what
you erroneously call an assualt rifle.

Now go google & come back here and admit you are wrong. We will await your apology.

Anonymous said...

5:32 - 3:40 here. They don't change rights?? Voting Rights, Civil Rights? Better browse those history books again.

They make apps you can speak into and they'll type your letter if you need. Just remember to scribble your "x" at the bottom of it. It's just two lines that intersect in the middle.

Anonymous said...

I get the true purpose of 2a.

But I don’t get this, someone educate me please.

How do these anti-gun wackos think they will protect themselves, their wives and daughters if the need should arise?

Do they ever ask themselves, what if a couple of armed drugged out crack heads break my door in at 3am?

How will I protect my family?

What will give me the best odds of preventing my wife and daughter from rape should this happen?

Do they tell their wife, Honey I will call 911 and it will be ok, just hang in there?

Honey, I will use my Louisville slugger to fend them off?

Where is their sense of protection for the ones they are responsible for?

How can they look into their child’s eyes at night and believe this is a good plan.

What type of women settles for a man like this?

Do they live in the land of cotton candy & gumdrops?

Don't you want to put the odds into your favor the most you can?

Anonymous said...

Very well said 6:24, wake up people this is the real world.

Anonymous said...

This is about FIREARMS. Nothing else. But it would be badass to have a scud laying around. I have to admit...

Anonymous said...

How come nobody is talking about the pistols used in Texas? Probably because most of you own one that are trying to take what we enjoy. If I was one of you I wouldnt have even said pistol. It would probably be more like "semi automatic high capacity assault death ray used for mass slaughter"

Anonymous said...

Will our Sheriff support his Oath or will he weenie out?

From Florida to California, a growing number of the nation's sheriffs are standing up to gun control measures proposed by both the administration and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Many law enforcement officials have written letters to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden voicing their concerns over what they believe is an effort to infringe upon the Second Amendment.

In New Mexico, 30 of the state's 33 county sheriffs have reminded state lawmakers that they are under oath to support the U.S. Constitution, and that includes the Second Amendment.

CNSNews.com previously reported that 28 of the 29 sheriff's in Utah sent a letter to President Obama stating that they will not enforce any new gun laws they believe to be unconstitutional.

A host of Oregon sheriffs have said that they will not comply with any new unconstitutional gun regulations:
•Sheriff Craig Zanni wrote, "I have and will continue to uphold my Oath of Office including supporting the Second Amendment," in a letter to Coos County citizens.
•Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said he would refuse to enforce any new Federal gun law he believes is unconstitutional.
•In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, Grant County Sheriff, Glenn Palmer writes: "I will not tolerate nor will I permit any federal incursion within the exterior boundaries of Grant County, Oregon, where any type of gun control legislation aimed at disarming law -abiding citizens is the goal or objective."
•Sheriff Gil Gilbertson of Josephine County told Biden in a letter: "Any rule, regulation, or executive order repugnant to the constitutional rights of the citizens of this County will be ignored by this office."
•Sheriff Tim Mueller of Linn County, Oregon says his department will not participate in any overreaching and unconstitutional federal firearms restrictions.

In California, Sheriff Adam Christianson of Stanislaus County wrote to the vice president: "I refuse to take firearms from law abiding citizens and will not turn law-abiding citizens into criminals by enforcing useless gun control legislation."

A letter sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein from Sheriff Jon Lopey of Siskiyou County, California states: "Our founding fathers got it right and many politicians are getting it wrong."



In Missouri, Lawrence County Sheriff Brad Delay tells the president: "I will...rise to the defense and aid of all Americans should the federal government attempt to enact any legislation, or executive order that impedes, erodes, or otherwise diminishes their constitutional right to keep and bear arms."

At a town hall meeting, Sheriff Denny Peyman of Jackson County, Kentucky told citizens "you are never going to pull a gun from Jackson County."

Smith County, Texas Sheriff, Larry Smith has said, "I will not enforce an unconstitutional law against any citizen in Smith County. It just won't happen."

In Florida, Martin County Sheriff, Bill Snyder said that he will not enforce federal gun laws: "Local law enforcement authorities are not empowered to enforce Federal law," Snyder said.

Anonymous said...

God forbid it ever happens, but what if a war erupts on our dirt? Their are some pretty unstable people abroad that could invade our country as we have theirs. What are all you YUPPIES gunna do then? NO guns to protect yourselves,our military (that are taking such cuts in pay and benefits may not exist)will be way too busy to try to gaurd every small town like most of us live in. I know I feel a lot better knowing my family has the weapons and knowledge of how to use them if they are needed to protect ourselves. You people need to WAKE THE HELL UP! How long have drugs been illegal (FOREVER) but drug addicts and criminals still have ample supplies. It will be the same with guns. This is just the next step to destroy our country we've already exhausted our military, created such extreme debt we are pretty much owned by someone else anyhow, now lets disarm so we can be easily overtaken. Sorry but not for me people look at the whole picture of this administration and do the math. OBAMA+PRESIDENT=DESTROY AMERICA.

Anonymous said...

Im a non-resident of pa and would like to say at least your lawmakers somewhat listen to what you have to say about your guns.we in NY have no choices anymore because our laws are being made up by a bunch of damn dimwits

Anonymous said...

Okay....Under this leadership it is okay to send free weapons of mass destruction to a Anti-American country. In the tune of 20 f-16s fighter jets and 200 armored tanks. To a muslim american hating country, that could be used against us in the future.
But it isnt okay for its own citizens to have adequate arms. Do i trust this kind of leadership?
Heeeeellllllll NO!

Marlin Savage said...

The Second Ammendment is not about hunting or target shooting.

It is about protecting ourselves from a totalitarian government.

It safeguards peoples' basic rights of individual self determination.

It's the Bill of Rights, not the Bill of Privileges. If the Second goes, the rest of our Rights will soon cease to be.

Taking Rights from law-abiding citizens only makes criminals safer.

“I saw a movie once where only the police and military had guns. It was called SCHINDLER’S LIST.”

This is the fight of our time and we will not submit to tyranny forced on the American people.

Pilot Vince said...


The other Amendments have taken a beating under Bush and Obama.

Privacy, Rights and Rule of Law have gone out the window. Patriot Act, TSA, and Homeland Insecurity are the takers.

Ditching the 2nd Amendment will make erasing the other Amendments
too easy.

Unfortunately, governments in general and politicians specifically have a history of adding to existing laws.

Enter the "salami tactic" where citizens lose rights a piece at a time.

I firmly believe that once banning starts it will just be the beginning of a downward spiral.

The laws will only apply to us honest owners who have not and never intend to do harm to the populace.

Criminals and crazed shooters will not be deterred for they are already breaking existing laws.

The Prohibition and the War on Drugs are perfect examples.

Anonymous said...

Fact: In 2010, there were 358 murders by rifles (of any type all added together). There were 6,009 by pistols. So what was your argument about assault rifles killing massive amounts of people again????

Anonymous said...

Something to think about. Here is a list of children killed under Obummers drone strikes. And you want to hand him your guns?

Noor Aziz | 8 | male
Abdul Wasit | 17 | male
Noor Syed | 8 | male
Wajid Noor | 9 | male
Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male
Ayeesha | 3 | female
Qari Alamzeb | 14| male
Shoaib | 8 | male
Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male
Tariq Aziz | 16 | male
Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male
Maezol Khan | 8 | female
Nasir Khan | male
Naeem Khan | male
Naeemullah | male
Mohammad Tahir | 16 | male
Azizul Wahab | 15 | male
Fazal Wahab | 16 | male
Ziauddin | 16 | male
Mohammad Yunus | 16 | male
Fazal Hakim | 19 | male
Ilyas | 13 | male
Sohail | 7 | male
Asadullah | 9 | male
khalilullah | 9 | male
Noor Mohammad | 8 | male
Khalid | 12 | male
Saifullah | 9 | male
Mashooq Jan | 15 | male
Nawab | 17 | male
Sultanat Khan | 16 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 13 | male
Noor Mohammad | 15 | male
Mohammad Yaas Khan | 16 | male
Qari Alamzeb | 14 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 17 | male
Abdullah | 18 | male
Ikramullah Zada | 17 | male
Inayatur Rehman | 16 | male
Shahbuddin | 15 | male
Yahya Khan | 16 |male
Rahatullah |17 | male
Mohammad Salim | 11 | male
Shahjehan | 15 | male
Gul Sher Khan | 15 | male
Bakht Muneer | 14 | male
Numair | 14 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Taseel Khan | 18 | male
Zaheeruddin | 16 | male
Qari Ishaq | 19 | male
Jamshed Khan | 14 | male
Alam Nabi | 11 | male
Qari Abdul Karim | 19 | male
Rahmatullah | 14 | male
Abdus Samad | 17 | male
Siraj | 16 | male
Saeedullah | 17 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Salman | 12 | male
Fazal Wahab | 18 | male
Baacha Rahman | 13 | male
Wali-ur-Rahman | 17 | male
Iftikhar | 17 | male
Inayatullah | 15 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Adnan | 16 | male
Najibullah | 13 | male
Naeemullah | 17 | male
Hizbullah | 10 | male
Kitab Gul | 12 | male
Wilayat Khan | 11 | male
Zabihullah | 16 | male
Shehzad Gul | 11 | male
Shabir | 15 | male
Qari Sharifullah | 17 | male
Shafiullah | 16 | male
Nimatullah | 14 | male
Shakirullah | 16 | male
Talha | 8 | male
Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | female
Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | female
Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | female
Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | female
Ibrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | male
Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | male
Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | female
Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | female
Khadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | female
Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | female
Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | male
Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | female
Maryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | female
Shafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | female
Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | female
Maha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | male
Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | female
Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | female
Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | male
Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | male
Daolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | female
AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | male
Abdel- Rahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | male
Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki | 17 | male
Nasser Salim | 19

Anonymous said...

Coroner confirms no assault weapon used in sandy hook:

http://conservativebyte.com/2013/01/coroner-confirms-no-assault-weapon-used-in-sandy-hook-shooting/

Smokin Joe said...

Why is it that some people feel like they need to tell stable law-abiding people what they can and cannot have?

It does not matter what "assault-style" weapons are used for. We should be FREE to own them and use them for whatever legal purpose we desire and shoot as many rounds through them as we like.

Biden in his own speech refers to removing these weapons so the bad people can't use them. These "bad" people will not care how, where, when, and who they will use ANY type of weapon. As a person co-leading this nation, I would have thought it apparent that what makes a criminal a criminal...is not abiding by the law. Which makes new laws useless.

A back alley deal will still put semi or even fully automatic weapons in the wrong hands.

If the liberals get their way with their anti-gun agenda...all you anti-gun nuts need to post a sign in your front yard stating, "This is a gun-free home." to voice you're support for their efforts.

Then, I'll run around, note your address, and post it in the local paper. Sounds fair to me.




Anonymous said...

I am not for the assault weapon ban but I can’t stand the NRA. This is more proof that they just care about gun sales and will hurt other people to get their way. There are plenty of other businesses and people in the fishing, hunting, and camping industry who used this show to grow their business. The NRA just hurt every one of these companies.

And to the person who posted that the Bushmaster wasn’t used. Do you believe everything that supports your argument automatically? One person on MSNBC reports some misinformation on TV and you believe it to be true. Don’t you think that there is a reason nobody else picked it up and it was never mentioned again? It is because it is not true or unverifiable. This is the same station that made multiple errors trying to get info out as quick as possible without verifying any of it (ex: name of the shooter). Here is the press release that the Connecticut state police had to make a week ago because of all the bad info out there. http://www.ct.gov/despp/cwp/view.asp?Q=517284

Anonymous said...

Dang, I was looking to get me one of them there RPGs for squirrel hunting.