By Lars Dalseide | January 23 2013 13:17

Cites Reed Exhibitions' Decision to Ban Modern Sporting Rifles

NRA Membership booth at Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show

Fairfax, Virginia - The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show is one of the largest outdoor and hunting shows on the East Coast. Attracting patrons from as far south as Virginia and as far north as New York, their numbers promise to smaller this year due to their decision to ban a number of firearm related vendors.

Typically, the National Rifle Association has three booths at the Eastern Show. One for Membership, one for Hunter Services and one for NRAblog. This year we will have zero.

Here is the official statement from the NRA:

Due to Reed Exhibitions' refusal to reconsider their decision to ban Modern Sporting Rifles from the February 2-10 Eastern Sports Show in Harrisburg, PA, the National Rifle Association has decided to withdraw from the show. We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so.

As a result, the NRA will not be participating in the upcoming show in Harrisburg or in any other shows hosted by Reed Exhibitions that maintain this policy. We are disappointed that Reed Exhibitions has ignored the concerns expressed by attendees, the outdoor industry and the NRA in not reconsidering their position to ban the display of Modern Sporting Rifles.

If you decide to forego Eastern as well, you can fill your outdoor show needs by attending the NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show this weekend in Maryland. Held at the Frederick Fair Grounds from January 25th through the 27th, Great American hosts a few hundred vendors, thousands of visitors and national outdoor celebrities like Pat Nolan and the Outdoor Channel's Bone Collector - Michael Waddell.

Doors are open on Friday from 1 to 7, on Saturday from 9 to 7 and on Sunday from 9 to 5. There's a $10 admission charge ($8 for NRA Members) and children 9 and under get in free.

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