The Daily Caller reports:
The organizer of the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show announced Thursday that it will cancel the event, following boycotts in reaction to its decision to ban exhibitors from displaying AR-15-type rifles.
The annual event, which was scheduled for February 2-10 in Harrisburg, Penn., is the largest of its kind in the United States, attracting 1,200 vendors and more than 200,000 attendees.
But Reed Exhibitions saw a backlash from exhibitors and sponsors after saying it would ban the class of legal firearms out of sensitivity to survivors of the deadly Dec. 14 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Reed Elsevier Inc., the parent company of Reed Exhibitions, is based in the United Kingdom. Reed Exhibitions is based in Norwalk, Conn., 25 miles from Newtown.