NSSF Announces Termination of SHOT Show Management Contract with Reed Exhibitions

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Today the NSSF announced on the SHOT Show blog that it would no longer use Reed Exhibitions for the management of the SHOT Show:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Reed Exhibitions to terminate the agreement the parties had for the management of the SHOT Show. Accordingly, effective immediately, Reed Exhibitions will no longer be manager and producer of the SHOT Show.

Reed Exhibitions provided excellent service to NSSF and the customers of the SHOT Show for more than three decades, however, the company’s decision to restrict the sale of certain types of firearms this year at its consumer hunting and fishing show — an event unrelated to NSSF and the SHOT Show — was in conflict with NSSF’s mission to serve the shooting sports industry. As a result, both organizations decided it was in the best interest of the SHOT Show to end their relationship.

The statement goes on to say that the NSSF is still in the process of finding a new management company for SHOT 2014.

You might remember that Reed Exhibitions was involved in a brouhaha after attempting to ban semi-automatic weapons from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, which resulted in the cancellation of that entire show.

Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.


  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.pyle.547 Jack Pyle

    So it appears that Reed Exhibitions has shot itself in the foot. (pun intended) How much have they lost due to this, thousands attend that show every year.

  • David

    Excellent. Nice chunk of change for them to loose. I hope they go under.

  • jamezb

    Lol I see a loss in the tens of millions. Serves em right.

  • Alvin

    “…today announced that it has reached an agreement with Reed Exhibitions to terminate the agreement the parties had for the management of the SHOT Show. ”

    From the wording, I would guess that the NSSF likely had to pay Reed Exhibitions some sort of compensation to legally end the contract. So while they lost the continuation of managing SHOT Show, Reed Exhibition probably got a sizable payout not to continue… At least NSSF put their foot down and won’t be using them anymore.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      However it happened I’m glad they dumped them!

      • Alvin

        Same here.

  • Icchan

    I wonder how Sheldon Adelson can use this to his money-grubbing advantage, now that he got SHOT away from the city of Las Vegas.

  • Aaron

    Great news! Thanks to the NSSF for standing up to politically correct decision makers, even if it cost a bit to do it. Two big shows lost by Reed. Hopefully the message is loud and clear to the other marketing companies – support us or go under.