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Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show Says No to Black Rifles

Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show Says No to Black Rifles

Smith and Wesson

Smith and Wesson

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--( Smith & Wesson, a U.S. based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced that the Company will not attend nor will it support or participate in the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The announcement comes after the decision of show management company, Reed Exhibitions, to prohibit the display of modern sporting rifles in this year’s event.

James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, “”As a market leader in the firearm industry and an iconic brand that spans 160 years of American history, we believe it is important to make our position perfectly clear: We support the Second Amendment and the rights of our law-abiding customers to purchase these and all legal firearms.

Therefore, we are unable to support any organization or event that prohibits legal firearms, or otherwise restricts a citizen’s lawful and constitutional rights.””

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. The company’s brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P® and Thompson/Center Arms™. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to

  • 19 User comments to “Smith & Wesson Withdraws from Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show”

    1. Pantera Vazquez on January 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM said:

      Well done Smith and Wesson. ALL others should follow suit. A gun show without guns……..that would be something…………well deserved.

    2. Robert Pettit on January 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM said:

      Good job. We the real citizens of America stand with you.
      Thank you. God Bless America

    3. gold eagle on January 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM said:

      Thank you! Draw your line in the sand!

    4. Makes me very proud to have bought three S&W pistols in the last year.

    5. Sergeant Hulka on January 22, 2013 at 9:12 PM said:

      S&W, when the hell are you going to get out of that God forsaken part of the country and move down here to Louisiana, or maybe to Texas. Somewhere where the people respect you and the products you make.

    6. S&W Purchaser on January 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM said:

      It is time for Gun & Ammo manufacturers to make the move out of states that reject the value they add to society and move to 2nd Amendment friendly states.

      This nation is fracturing along value based societal fault lines. It is only a matter of time that these states exert unjust pressures on these companies that are providing millions of tax dollars to support their Left agendas.

      Instead, they should relocate to states that will assist them, protect them and provide incentives to them.

      New York, California and Illinois for example should not benefit from the revenues from gun and ammo manufacturers.

    7. Ever think about relocating to Alabama?

    8. Glad you are standing up for our rights. This makes me feel even better about all the S&W firearms in my safe.

    9. Thank you S&W I will order an M&P today in honor of your decision to not attend the eastern show.

    10. Smith and Wesson at it’s best 1989,1990 91,92.please revisit the 3913 3914 3953,640 2″ as.thanks folks m&p shield?????????/some stocking do nit have ample the kids say what’s up with that.

    11. Bravo!! Time for to step up

    12. Ahhhh relief that S&W will not fail in the way old S&W did.

    13. NRA pulled out of this same venue for the same reason. WTG!

    14. VT Patriot on January 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM said:

      Thank you S&W. As a former quality control supplier to this great company, and an owner of ‘a few’ S&W masterpieces, I applaud this courageous decision. Just so sorry that I couldn’t find an M&P15 to buy, – – all sold out. But I’ll own one as soon as they can be found.

    15. CivilianDog on January 23, 2013 at 9:38 PM said:

      This is the kind of example that not only gun mfgs should be making, but our elected politicians in DC should be engaged in as well. Everyone is soooo concerned about a backlash for standing up for what is right, but as these comments clearly show the multitudes will appreciate it, and surely will vote with their $$$. S&W, I own 3 M&Ps (both Pistol and Rifle) and WILL purchase another gun from you in the future because of this stance. Thank you for not caving into the ridiculous tyrants that demonize law abiding citizens because they support their right to bear arms, even if those arms have “scary” aesthetics. Well done!!

    16. Great move in support of our rights, just move to the South and let the North Eastern States see what an industry does, when they are not valued. The South has room for ALL of the firearms & ammo industry!

    17. Robeert Turner on January 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM said:

      I stand behind Smith & Wesson’s decision 100%.
      The right to own any semi auto firearm manufactured is no different than owning any automobile manufactured. I spend 33 year in the US Military defending these rights.

      In Portland Or. you mine as well forget going to the gunstore unless you get there 2 hours before opening time !!!! Its ridiculous, there is lines to buy guns like people were camping out for ROCK CONCERT TICKETS !!! SMITH AND WESSON IS A BUY BUY BUY !!!

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