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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:06 AM

Faced with a boycott after banning assault-weapons sales, promoters cancel show

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Faced with a boycott by gun enthusiasts and fierce criticism from the National Rifle Association, a British exhibition company is postponing indefinitely its show 10 days after announcing a ban on assault-weapons sales at the event. In a statement released Thursday, Reed Exhibitions said it had halted plans for the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, scheduled for Feb. 2 to 10, because of controversy surrounding its decision not to let vendors sell a class of weapons the company called modern sporting rifles (MSRs). That decision was driven by concerns about the post-Newtown atmosphere.

'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,' Chet Burchett, president of Reed's Exhibitions for the Americas, which is based in Connecticut, said in a statement. '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.'

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Last year the show - billed as the largest of its kind in North America - generated an estimated $80 million for the region's businesses, including hotels and restaurants that relied on the show's turnout during a slow month.

David Black, president of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, said that the absence of the show, held in the mammoth Farm Show complex, would hurt first-quarter profits for many small businesses in the area, but that they will recover. "It's a blip on the economic radar," Black said. "Our hope at the chamber is that will return - if not this year, next year."

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/state/20130125_Faced_with_a_boycott_after_banning_assault-weapons_sales__promoters_cancel_show.html



It's not a 'blip.' We will not put up with gun nuttery any more.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:13 AM

1. Reed folded

Next year the show will be back with the rifles. And every other gun show promoter just sat up and took not on what not to do.

Like it or not, the NRA won this battle.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:21 AM

2. duplicate topic - locking

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