Hunting Tradeshow Bans the Display of Guns: Welcome to the New America

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January 22, 2013 Posted by:

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Boycott the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show?

Why Off Grid Survival will not be attending this year’s Eastern Sports Show.

bannedAs readers of this site may know, we recently covered the SHOT SHOW in Las Vegas; we had planned on covering the coming Eastern Sports Show until certain gun manufactures were banned from the show.

The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show is one of the largest hunting trade shows in the country, but this year you won’t see a majority of the firearms manufactures who had showcased their products in the past.  Reed Exhibitions, organizers of the show in Pennsylvania, bowed down to political pressure and banned all firearms companies from displaying modern rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines.

From their website, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show explained their decision.

“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.

Imagine that, a hunting show that doesn’t allow the display of guns.

In response to this action a number of companies have started to pull out of the show.

Cabela’s issued the following response:

“Due to recent changes made by Reed Exhibitions regarding the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, Cabela’s will no longer sponsor this year’s event. After careful consideration regarding Cabela’s business practices, and the feelings of our customers, Cabela’s will, unfortunately, not have a presence at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.”

We applaud Cabela’s decision and hope that other outdoor companies will have the balls to follow in their footsteps. We will not be covering this outdoor show, or any other show who decides to bow down to political pressure. These people need to remember it’s our money that allowed them to build their companies.

When companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cheaper than Dirt, and now The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show turn their back on the firearms industry that made them, it’s time we spend our dollars at places that actually support our second amendment rights, not some watered down version that happens to be politically expedient.

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  1. Bubba says:

    “it’s time we spend our dollars at places that actually support our second amendment rights, not some watered down version that happens to be politically expedient.”

    Agreed 100%, time to give the cowardly, quivering, mangy, yellow dogs a boot in the ass and send them howling on their way, never to be seen again.

    • (0^0)jafo says:

      THE SECOND ADENDMENT, We Must Stand United In This Fight… ALL Shooting SPORT’S!!! IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT HUNTING.

  2. SaltLick says:

    Looks like Cabela’s will be getting a lot of my money in the future. I will also not be spending a penny on any company who decides to support this show. What a bunch of idiots, do they realize that 99.9% hunters will not support any crackdown on any type of firearms.

    • DEB says:

      other places up can look,,,, midway usa, brownells and nunrich.

  3. Joe Hunter says:

    Looks like I won’t be going to those shows. Spread the word. I won’t be supporting any companies that go to those shows either.

  4. Craig says:

    S&W has pulled out completely now too. Hopefully the entire show will be cancelled by tomorrow. Show these idiots there are consequences for being cowards!

  5. Dennis says:

    Let a bunch of Politicans dictate in your mind and bring you feat. Stand up and protect your Constitutional Rights as a United States Citizens.

    • Scott says:

      Way to go Cabela’s. Lets just ban the shows and show them it’s the American people that are in charge!!!

  6. Big Boppy says:

    Hunters should boycott this event…this weekend in Syracuse NY is the NY Sportsmans Expo @ the NYS Fairgrounds…minutes off I-81 and I-90…go there as an alternative site for your Second Amendment dollars…

    • rev. dave says:

      Sorry Boppy, but I’d have to buy gas when I got there, and I’m not spending a dime anywhere to help Cuomo after that sleazy after-hours legislation trick he pulled. I’ll be avoiding the entire state with my money until that anti-American gun-control legislation is rescinded.

  7. CLAY says:

    Unfortunately just like everything else that’s going on emotion and politics played a key role in their decision and that is a bad mix for a good answer. Look what they passed in the same state while everyone else was a sleep!

  8. rev. dave says:

    Clearly, I will be avoiding this show but WILL spend some money with Cabela’s that week to support them – even though its 60 miles away. And when the annual outdoor sports show comes to my neighborhood, I’ll boycott that too if they boycott guns or gun products. They may not miss my admission fee, but if the vendors do badly enough, they won’t buy booths next year – and THAT will hurt the promoters.

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