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Some show vendors surprised by postponement

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Big Bee Boats and RV in Duncannon has been going to the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show for more than 40 years.

Owner Randy Rohrer said he's surprised Reed Exhibitions decided to postpone the show.

"We were quite surprised," said Rohrer. "We were under the understanding that the show was going to go on irregardless."

Rohrer paid $30,000 for a spot at the show. He said he has been told his money will be refunded, but he will lose out on potential business. The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show is the only exhibition his company attends.

"We would expect 20 to 25 sales there, and at least that many if not double after the show," Rohrer said. "However, in spite if everything going on, nobody was going to win. The crowds were not going to be there and quite frankly, I guess we are relieved they did cancel the show."

Atlantic Tactical in New Cumberland was one of the 300 vendors that chose to boycott the show after Reed Promotions decided to ban modern sporting rifles. This would have been their first year at the show.

"I just really feel like Reed Promotions kicked a hornets nest," said Sean Conville, president of Atlantic Tactical. "I would have preferred to see them basically admit they had made a mistake. They were trying to make decisions on social issues that had not yet been resolved in our political process."

It is not clear if businesses that boycotted the show will be refunded money from Reed Exhibitions. Conville says he is not concerned about the money; it was about our constitutional rights in America.

"I am very proud to see that so many people were willing to put aside their money issues and really stand up for their rights afforded under the Constitution," Conville. "I do not like to see foreign companies trying to impose their opinions in what we can or can not do as citizens."

Reed Exhibitions has postponed the show for now, but has not yet rescheduled a date.

"I would not be opposed to supporting them in the future if they reverse their position," Conville said.

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