HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A gun and sportsman's show in Harrisburg, Pa., was postponed by organizers after their ban on assault rifles prompted the withdrawal of vendors and exhibitors.
Reed Exhibitions USA announced the postponement of the annual Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show Friday, a nine-day event that brings 1,200 dealers and $80 million in revenue to the Harrisburg area, citing "an emotionally charged atmosphere," WBAL-AM, Baltimore, said.
The 61-year-old show was to begin Feb. 2.
Reed banned assault rifles at the show after the December shootings in Newtown, Conn., saying, "In the current climate we felt the presence of modern sporting rifles would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing, disrupting the broader experience of our guests."
The decision prompted the withdrawal of some exhibitors, USA Today reported, and grew to a large boycott.
More than 200 exhibitors, including many not involved in gun manufacturing or sales, announced their boycott of the event, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Friday.