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NRA pulls out of Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The National Rifle Association has pulled out of the upcoming Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg.

According to a press release, the NRA made the move because of the organizer's "refusal to reconsider their decision to ban Modern Sporting Rifles" from the event, which begins February 2.

"We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so," the press release said. "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."

Several other vendors recently announced they would not participate after it was learned that assault weapons would be banned from the show. Those vendors include Cabela's, Kinsey's Outdoors, and Atlantic Tactical of New Cumberland, which supplies equipment for law enforcement.

The show will be held at the Pa. Farm Show complex.

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