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Local businesses worry as more vendors pull out of Outdoor Show

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More groups and vendors are pulling out of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. The latest is the National Rifle Association.

This all stems from the show's decision to ban assault weapons. Now other vendors are worried about how this boycott will impact them.

The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show draws thousands every year, but this year's crowds could be a lot smaller. The show has decided to ban assault weapons, and that has gun supporters up in arms. Hundreds of vendors have backed out, now the NRA is joining that ever-growing list.

Here's the statement from its website:

"Due to Reed Exhibitions' refusal to reconsider their decision to ban Modern Sporting Rifles from the February 2-10 Eastern Sports Show in Harrisburg, PA, the National Rifle Association has decided to withdraw from the show. We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so. 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."

Many are now boycotting the show, and that has local businesses caught in the crossfire. abc27 interviewed the owner of one such business, but that person's identity is being withheld because the individual has been receiving threats.

There's a Boycott the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show facebook page with thousands of likes.

We've also learned that Olympic sharp shooting gold medalist Jamie Grey from Lebanon County has dropped out of the show. She says she would not be able to represent her sport in the best possible manner given the political climate.

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