The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, known to most attendees as the Harrisburg (PA) Hunting and Fishing Show, has gone full Fudd and banned modern sporting rifles and standard-sized magazines in an attempt to appease the media and Democrat politicians. They’ve even banned the logos of firms that produce these products (did they think that one through? Ruger, Remington, Mossberg all make weapons they’ve banned). In their own words:
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.
Did you get that? “Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd Amendment.” Just not this year. Asked what the hell they’re talking about, they told a Daily Caller reporter that they just couldn’t say. But apparently some weapons were put on extra-double-secret-probation. Or banned, not to put too fine a point on it.
The NRA did find out more:
The National Rifle Association strongly disagrees with Reed Exhibitions’ decision to ban Modern Sporting Rifles from the Eastern Sports Show in Harrisburg, PA, February 2-10. We encourage Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their position.
According to one would-be vendor, the organizers didn’t just ban modern rifles, they also banned standard size magazines, allowing only restricted-size hunting magazines. And other vendors have been told not only no ARs, but no logos of companies that make or sell ARs… or magazines. They have told vendors that were planning to show MSRs and/or mags that they wouldn’t be allowed to set up. And exhibitor fees paid by these guys, and tickets bought by the folks who now don’t have anything to go see? Sorry about that, Reed’s keeping that money.
It gets better. Reed invited vendors of MSRs to the show, and originally planned to have a special section for them, according to a Lancaster, PA paper (hat tip, Daily Caller).
Located less than 30 minutes from Harrisburg, at 709 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown, Trop [Gun Shop] has had a booth at the show for many years.
This year, the store was invited to be a featured exhibitor in a new “tactical guns and accessories” section planned for the show.
Reed announced the new section in a press release in November.
A check of the show’s floor plan on its website this week showed no mention of that section.
Ed Several of Reed told Lancaster Online that only two vendors had declined to attend, and, like the unnamed spokesman the Daily Caller spoke to, would not say just what was in Reed’s double-secret-ban. He said the vendors that had withdrawn had products “that would be a distraction from the show.”
However, Lancaster Online quickly found another business that pulled out – an archery shop that doesn’t sell guns or ammunition, but worried about being associated with Reed’s anti-gun stance. They also expect the modern gun ban to diminish the number of attendees, defeating their purpose in attending.
Maybe if you ask nicely, these guys who support the 2nd amendment (in some other year) will donate the money you wasted on a ticket to the gun-grabbing Democrat of your choice.