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.