National Rifle Association officials releasing more details on the new version of Harrisburg’s annual outdoor show said Wednesday they will not allow visitors to buy guns at the event.
The announcement has some wondering why the organization would proceed to assume the management of the show while including the no-sales stipulation.
The NRA was recently chosen from among 16 hopefuls to manage the event once known as the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. They renamed the event the Great American Outdoor Show, and announced last week that they would allow the display of any legal weapons. The previous version of the show had faltered when its promoter decided that this year’s event would not include the display of assault weapons. Hundreds of vendors, including the NRA, decided to boycott the show.
The NRA has also announced that they intend to make their show a true outdoor event dedicated to more than just hunting and shooting, and to include options for those who like to fish, boat, camp and hike.
Other plans for the revised version of the outdoor show include a “shooting section” and nightly country music concerts. Although the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show was normally held in January, the NRA event next year is scheduled for February 1-9.