We all know there are consequences for idiotic actions and Reed Exhibitions has cost themselves management of the largest trade show for shooting, hunting, and law enforcement industries due to their restriction of certain semi-automatic rifles at the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, which ultimately led to the demise of the exhibition altogether. Kudos to NSSF for taking out the trash, despite the relationship lasting more than 30 years between SHOT Show and Reed Exhibitions. Below is the full announcement from the NSSF. We hope all firearms related exhibitions take notice.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Reed Exhibitions to terminate the agreement the parties had for the management of the SHOT Show®. Accordingly, effective immediately, Reed Exhibitions will no longer be manager and producer of the SHOT Show.
Reed Exhibitions provided excellent service to NSSF and the customers of the SHOT Show for more than three decades, however, the company's decision to restrict the sale of certain types of firearms this year at its consumer hunting and fishing show -- an event unrelated to NSSF and the SHOT Show -- was in conflict with NSSF's mission to serve the shooting sports industry. As a result, both organizations decided it was in the best interest of the SHOT Show to end their relationship.
NSSF is actively engaged in the process of identifying a new show management company to manage and produce the SHOT Show beginning with the 2014 SHOT Show.
The SHOT Show -- the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show -- is owned and sponsored by NSSF. It is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. The 2014 SHOT Show will be held Jan. 14-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.