What is going on at the show? I have never gone and no plans to change now but would like to know.
The company that organizes the show, Reed Exhibitions, has elected to cut all exhibits that showcase "modern sporting firearms" (can't bring myself to call them "assault weapons" because they are not) such as the AR-15 and anything involving "high capacity magazines" as a result of the political fallout from events having taken place in Newtown, CT.
The current list of personalities/attendees/sponsors that have pulled out of the show in outrage over this issue is as follows.
Blaine Anthony, The Bear Whisperer
Trop Gun Shop
DuckWater Boats Dover Ohio
Lancaster Archery Supply
Nature Blinds, LLC
Domari Nolo Defense Consulting
Direct Action Tactical Firearms
Cutting Edge Bullets
Open Season TV
X- Stand Treestands
Full Circle Outdoors
Hunters and Guides Connection
Alaska's Ravencroft Lodge
Cross Canyon Arms
Fred Eichler - Fulldraw Outfitters
Ralph & Vicki Cianciarulo - Archers Choice Media
Pat & Nicole Reeve - Driven TV
Lee & Tiffany Lakosky - The Crush
Woodcock Limited of Pennsylvania
My Northeast Outdoors
Midwest Whitetail Outdoors
2 Million Bullets
Firearms Industry Consulting Group
Northern Hideaway Outfitters
Mountain Dog Chews
Northern Outdoor Lodge
Keystone Country Store
This list appears to be growing by the day.
If anyone wishes to contact Reed Exhibitions to voice their opinion, you may go to their website at ReedExpo.com
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whole-heartedly support the Second Ammendment rights of citizens to keep and bear arms. We are deeply saddened by the current beating of war drums in Washington which aim to infringe upon such. Our hearts go out to those touched by senseless tragedies such as that which occurred in Newtown, CT. However, we firmly believe that it is impossible to legislate human behavior, which is truly at the heart of such tragic events. Thus seeking to ban or otherwise limit access to certain firearms by law-abiding citizens only further limits the ability of innocent individuals to defend themselves in a world where criminals who do not abide by the law of the land already have the deck stacked in their favor.
Speaking solely for myself, I find the decision of Reed Exhibitions to be doubly disturbing. Not only does it appear to be an insult to law-abiding citizens and supporters of 2A rights, but, as an outdoorsman, I am very saddened to see that such a large celebration of the hunting/fishing/outdoor way of life will be greatly weakened due to the apparent political wavering of Reed Exhibitions. It would be truly upsetting to see this show become only a shell of what it used to be (possibly even to the point of folding). In a time where anti-hunting efforts are at an all-time high as it is, such would be a big loss indeed. I would implore Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision(s) concerning the removal of "evil black gun" exhibits and make every effort to bring back as many participants/attendees as possible to the Harrisburg show.