In the wake of Sandy Hook, Reed Exhibitions has postponed it’s Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. There have been protests taking place for a week since Reed Exhibitions decided to ban assault weapons at the show.
Much has taken place since the Sandy Hook tragedy. A Ohio school district has allowed it’s janitors be armed, talks of police protecting school have reached presidential levels. The second amendment has been scrutinized, does the right to bear arms include assault weapons? That is the largest question in America right now. Here is how the second amendment reads, A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. There are many interpretations of what this amendment actually means. One thing is clear when it was thought of and written, fully automatic weaponry did not exist.
Reed released a statement via their website, “It has become very clear to us after speaking with our customers that the event could not be held because the atmosphere of this year’s show would not be conducive to an event that is designed to provide family enjoyment. It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms trade association based in Newtown, Conn., has already issued a statement on the postponement:
“In the days following Reed Exhibitions’ announcement that modern sporting rifles would be prohibited from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, the leadership of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has been in intense, frank discussions with Reed Exhibitions management in an effort to reverse this unacceptable decision. These discussions reached an impasse. NSSF is in no way affiliated with, nor does it participate in or exhibit at this show in any way. “
The show, which was to take place at the Farm Show Complex on Feb. 2. Reed has not said if it will reschedule the show. The loss of this show could potentially cost the area $44 million in revenue to the area. By Steve Kish