Smith & Wesson, a U.S. based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced that the Company will not attend nor will it support or participate in the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The announcement comes after the decision of show management company, Reed Exhibitions, to prohibit the display of modern sporting rifles in this year’s event.

James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, “As a market leader in the firearm industry and an iconic brand that spans 160 years of American history, we believe it is important to make our position perfectly clear: We support the Second Amendment and the rights of our law-abiding customers to purchase these and all legal firearms. Therefore, we are unable to support any organization or event that prohibits legal firearms, or otherwise restricts a citizen’s lawful and constitutional rights.”

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  • AZsparrow

    Good for them, I hope others follow their lead, as well as those that might attend. The enemy is at the gate as they say, and those that would think to make a few bucks being more important than coming together to stand up for the intent of the 2nd amendment and our natural rights, do us all harm. Be heard, or watch that right slip away from you, and for future generations.

  • Bob

    In an article a day or two ago, Trijicon was reported to have withdrawn from the event for the same reasons. Good bull.

  • Pete

    Hopefully more will take action the demonstrates biting the hand that feeds is a fools errand.

  • Dale

    Nearly 300 vendors, sponsors and guest speakers have withdrawn from the show including Ruger, Cabela’s, NRA and many many more!

  • Sun City Dude

    I hope they end up canceling the whole show or close up early because no one came.

  • Harold

    I support Smith & Wesson in this current wave of idiotic hysteria

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    I hope all these companies and organizations that are stiffing the firearms industry end up going under.