From the OutdoorWire
By Jim Shepard
An unmistakable message was delivered yesterday to the outdoor industry and thousands of consumers by the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center: "We heard you. We understand."
After the major players in the firearms industry, hundreds of small businesses and tens of thousands of consumers sacrificed one of the country's top outdoor shows rather than be told by the show management the modern sporting rifle would not be permitted there last year, the former management company announced the show's "postponement". Reed Expositions, the UK-owned expo group was determined not to back down on their position. Now, they're out in favor of a decidedly pro-gun management team.
The newly named Great American Outdoor Show will be held February 1-9, 2014 and managed by: the National Rifle Association. Yes, that NRA.
That's quite a message. It should resonate with every outdoor enthusiasts in the region, not to mention the nearly 900,000 NRA members within 300 miles of Harrisburg. The NRA will be inviting it's entire membership (5,000,000 and counting) to support the event and the Harrisburg-area.
The Great American Outdoor Show will be open to all outdoor enthusiasts, and NRA insiders tell me there will be hunting, fishing, archery, camping, and boating sections, along with a new shooting section open to national firearm and accessory manufacturers. I'm thinking the most popular guns will be welcome at this event-especially the modern sporting rifle.
The NRA will be adding evening musical performances , speakers and educational and informational seminars. No firearms sales, but ammunition sales will be OK. Hopefully, that means there will be ammunition available to sell by then.
It's an unmistakable message to consumers, and a stinging rebuke to politicians who might think the modern sporting rifle is something consumers will give up easily.
2014 Great American Outdoor Show Harrisburg, PA
Posted April 17 2013 - 07:18 AM
Posted April 17 2013 - 07:27 AM
I WILL BE THERE!!!
Posted April 17 2013 - 03:50 PM
Posted April 17 2013 - 05:50 PM
Will there be a new mayor of Harrisburg by then? If not then I won't spend a penny in Harrisburg.
Probably not because nobody wants the mess she started. I'm not even sure anybody is running against her.
Posted April 17 2013 - 05:54 PM
Posted April 18 2013 - 03:09 PM