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Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, focus of boycott, postponed

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:43:53 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 24 2013 11:23:20 AM CST
Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

The organizer of a large outdoors show in Harrisburg is postponing it indefinitely after its ban on assault weapons triggered a backlash and boycott.

Reed Exhibitions posted a notice Thursday on the website of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, saying there is an "emotionally charged atmosphere" that would make it impossible to hold an event "designed to provide family enjoyment."

The nine-day show in the Farm Show Complex had been scheduled to start Feb. 2. Many of the vendors, including Cabela's, had announced they were pulling out.

An email sent to ticket-buyers promises refunds and said the process will be posted on its website.

The organizers banned the sale and display of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Reed said the show is postponed "for now," but isn't elaborating.