Hunting and fishing retailer Cabela’s Inc. says it won’t participate in what has been billed as Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor sports show next month following the decision to ban display and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Event organizer Reed Exhibitions imposed the ban at next month’s Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show following the deadly Connecticut elementary school shooting and the ongoing gun control debate in Washington.
Cabela’s said Saturday on its Facebook page that after carefully considering its business practices “and the feelings of our customers” it won’t have a presence at the show.
Event director Chris O’Hara of Reed Exhibitions did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The nine-day show opens Feb. 2 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex on the outskirts of the state capital.