Cabela’s pulls out of Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show over ban of “assault rifles” and magazines

This comes on the heels of Groupon cancelling all gun-related deals.

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Cabela’s Inc., the North American hunting and fishing retailer, announced Saturday that it will not participate in the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show to be held Feb. 2-10 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

This comes on the heels of smaller retailers boycotting because of the decision by event organizer Reed Exhibitions to ban the display and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The ban was imposed following the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 20 children and six women and reignited the gun-control debate.

Cabela’s issued a statement via Facebook.

Reed Exhibitions is the same company that runs SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The NRA issued a statement in response.

The Allentown Morning Call has more:

Reed Exhibitions of the United Kingdom announced last week that because of the “current climate that may attract negative attention,” it won’t allow the display or sale of assault or assault-style weapons and large-capacity ammunition clips at the Feb. 2-10 show at the State Farm Show Arena.

Because of the perceived affront to their Second Amendment rights,vendors began pulling out of the event, which features more than 1,200 exhibitors of hunting, fishing and game field preparation and cooking, as well as boating, camping, bird-watching, and conservation pursuits.

Facebook and Twitter have been ablaze with comments, as have hunting website bulletin boards and chat rooms. More than 60 vendors were boycotting the event as of Monday afternoon, according to MyNortheastOutdoors.com.

Rick Weaknecht of Weaknecht’s Archery inĀ Kutztown, the longest-running exhibitor at the show, is taking a wait-and-see approach. John Annoni of Allentown-based Camp Compass and 2 Million Bullets has pulled his booth. Blitz TV, which was set to feature Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole, also joined the boycott.

Reed’s offices were closed on Monday, but the group is expected to make another statement Tuesday.

Be sure to show Cabela’s your appreciation.

Other companies boycotting the show now include:

  • Appalachian Big Game TV
  • Arrowhead Outdoors
  • Athens Archery
  • Atlantic Tactical
  • Blitz TV
  • The Bear Whisperer
  • Boondock Outdoors
  • BowHunter Planet
  • Bowhunting.com
  • CanCooker
  • Cabela’s
  • Cross Canyon Arms
  • Cutting Edge Bullets
  • Dead Ringer
  • Direct Action Tactical Firearms
  • Domari Nolo Defense Consulting
  • Dominator 365
  • DuckWater Boats
  • Farmland Trophies Outfitting
  • Firearms Industry Consulting Group
  • FoxPro Game Calls
  • Full Circle Outdoors
  • Gut-N-Tag
  • Heartland Whitetails
  • HookHunt
  • Hunters and Guides Connection
  • Hunter Safety Systems
  • Keystone Country Store
  • King of the Mountain Inc.
  • Kinsey’s Outdoors
  • KodaBow
  • Lancaster Archery Supply
  • Midwest Whitetail Adventures
  • Dominance is Everything Hunting System
  • Mountain Dog Chews
  • Nature Blinds
  • Northern Hideaway Outfitters
  • Open Season TV
  • Outdoor Edge Knives
  • Pipeline Ridge Hunting Preserve
  • Primal Urge Outdoors
  • Spook Spann
  • Sportsmen of North America TV
  • Stay Ready Inc.
  • Stokerized Stabilizers
  • TNT Archery
  • Trijicon Inc.
  • Trop Gun Shop
  • The Warmbag
  • Whitetail Bosses
  • Whitetail Heaven Outdoors
  • Wired Outdoors
  • Woodcock Limited of PA
  • Wyvern Creations
  • X-Stand Treestands
  • Zook Cabins
  • 2 Million Bullets

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