The Sportsman’s Shop in New Holland, PA announces its decision to pull out of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show scheduled next month at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg

The decision follows Reed Exhibitions’ announcement last month to ban Modern Sporting Rifles from the show, and after lengthy negotiations between Joe Keffer, owner of the Sportsman’s Shop, and Reed Exhibition. Keffer, who serves on the Board of Governors of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, was working with Reed to reach an agreement regarding its change to the 2013 show

“As a long-time exhibitor at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, I was hopeful that an agreement could be reached to allow the show to continue at the caliber to which my fellow exhibitors, manufacturers and the more than 200,000 attendees have come to expect,” states Keffer. “While I respect Reed’s desire to be sensitive to events that have caused great pain to Connecticut and our nation, and to avoid negative publicity for the show, it’s also critical that we don’t infringe on the rights of safe, responsible, law-abiding citizens’ right to purchase, own and use legal firearms. We must not allow these good people to be lumped into the same category as those who misuse firearms and commit unspeakable crimes.

The Sportsman’s Shop was a featured exhibitor at the show, showcasing more than a dozen firearms and accessories manufacturers. Those manufacturers support Keffer’s decision and have also decided to withdraw from the show

Founded in 1954, The Sportsman’s Shop is the oldest specialty shop of its kind in Lancaster County. Today, the Sportsman’s Shop is recognized for its expertise, product knowledge and for its specialized services, including gunsmithing and customization. For more information on the Sportsman’s Shop visit www.thesportsmansshop.com

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