SHOT Show ’14 Attendee Fees Up 250%

A regular attendee of SHOT Show emailed me to say that the NSSF was charging him 250% more to attend SHOT Show next year than they did this year, and sent me documentation to prove it. Last year he was charged $50, this year he is required to pay $175.

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Industry employees have been complaining about the fee increase online. Earlier this year the NSSF terminated their contract with Reed Exhibitions who managed the show in 2013 after they banned gun companies from attending the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. The show is managed by Convexx. Maybe this is why there is a fee increase.

Disclaimer: The Author Is A (Media) Member Of The NSSF.



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Doom

    holy crap… guess shot show wont be packed like it usually is then eh?

    • It remains to be seen if this rather large increase will have an effect on attendance figures. One person will pay approximately $2000 for the week and that’s being rather frugal.

  • flyingburgers

    The other part of the equation you should consider what the exhibitor fees are. From the trade shows I’ve been to in the past, the costs of booths have been pretty ridiculous. Example is $4,000 for a minimum booth at a technical event with 8,000 participants. The showcase exhibits must have gone for $30k easily. Depending on the circumstances, shifting some of the costs to the attendees can allow more participation from smaller companies.

    • Anonymous

      The problem at SHOT isn’t one of distributing the costs, it’s a matter of having enough physical space. Having been through the booth selection process at the Sands before for previous years of SHOT, I can say that it’s deeply fucked up. There’s not enough room for everyone who wants to be there, or room for the people who want to pay more for a larger space. Lots of vendors get shoved into corners downstairs or in side ballrooms, and even the main floor is hard to navigate. It’s nothing like SHOT in Orlando or at the LV Convention Center, where there was plenty of room for everyone to fit in, more or less in one enormous hall.

      • Ron

        I miss the Convention Center and I know how the Sands charges the exhibitioners an exuberant fee to move something. Their lay out is poor to navigate.

  • John

    In your last sentence you used the word their but it should have been there.

  • Limonata

    I would care if I could go, but I cannot. While I am not in the firearms industry, I am in a IT industry and all I can say is prices have gone up everywhere and this is not unique.

  • Rwsgunsmithing

    I don’t know what he paid for but I purchased my badges last week and they were $25 each. That’s the same as last year.

    • We’ll find out for certain

      • HeywoodJaBlowme27

        Total bullshit. I just registered and it was $25. Stop spreading misinformation.

  • Reg

    “The show is not managed by Convexx.”

    So by whom is it managed? And why mention Convexx if they’re not running it and Reed was running it last year.?

    Eventually complete disregard for spelling leads to saying things very different from what is intended.

    Someone else already pointed out the “their” vs “there” error.

    I count 3 errors in 7 sentences. “Last year he was charged $50, this year he is having to pay $175.”, is two sentences.

    • Andrias

      That’s not an error, it is a comma-splice and quite correct.

    • It is managed by Convexx

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      I apologize about the confusion. Thats the second time I have written a “not” in the wrong place … I think my autocorrect software must be screwing up (or I need a lot more sleep)

  • unclezip

    Too many pedants in this thread.

  • John Smith

    Excellent! Supply and demand dictates a price increase for SHOT attendees. The event has been full of attendees simply there on vacation for years and the low cost of entry made it easy for FFL holders to sell (yes, sell) slots to any member of the public that expressed an interest in attending. SHOT has been very nearly a consumer show for the past decade and this move could be an effort to steer it back to being a real industry trade show. Compared to the per square foot booth space cost, 175.00 fee to attend is a super bargain…

    • John I posted this above and you have the idea for the price increase.

      Phil W “Senior Writer TFB” Moderator

      In order to clarify the situation I just called NSSF. The fee increase for all but media is $175.00. The reason for this is very simple. Those that have been there will attest to the large crowds. A large number of these people are just there to look around and have a good time talking to people and general activities that have nothing to do with buying, selling or reporting. Discouraging this type of person from attending is seen as a positive for those actually doing business which is the purpose of the show in the first place.
      Quote— “The increase in fees is to discourage those types of attendees and make it a better buyer,seller atmosphere.”

  • Lance

    Sorry Steve you going to either go and delay your new rifle project or skip and get info from others I hate these jams I know.

  • Gregory Markle

    I just heard back from my friend who runs range/training facility was charged $25 for each of his passes which was the same as last year.

  • In order to clarify the situation I just called NSSF. The fee increase for all but media is $175.00. The reason for this is very simple. Those that have been there will attest to the large crowds. A large number of these people are just there to look around and have a good time talking to people and general activities that have nothing to do with buying, selling or reporting. Discouraging this type of person from attending is seen as a positive for those actually doing business which is the purpose of the show in the first place.
    Quote— “The increase in fees is to discourage those types of attendees and make it a better buyer,seller atmosphere.”

    • Rooftop Voter

      I recall the demise of the Circle Track Trade Show in Daytona Beach many years ago. The attendance fee was around 10 bucks if I recall but that also brought in a lot of tire kickers, the beach crowd and those who just wanted to bust the chops of the vendors in order to get free stuff off their tables. Over the years the vendors pulled out and the entire show was ultimately held on the ground floor of the Ocean Center and the upper gallerys were closed off. In the early years, the whole place was filled with vendors and attendees but each year after that I noticed a smaller crowd until no more.
      The SEMA Show in Vegas is a trade-only event and I think they do a good job in keeping out the sniffers as you have to qualify with a business to get in there. Been to both many times; SHOT show next year perhaps.

  • From the SHOT show page

    Admission to the show requires government-issued photo identification plus documentation demonstrating direct, professional affiliation to the trade. Show exhibitors and media are subject to different credentialing requirements.

  • Guest 726

    Finally!!! Now we Europeans may avoid those lazy-ass permobile riding broschyre-collecting morons that Always seems to be in the way of me (as I said, European, be understanding with my bad Spelling) 😉

  • Suburban

    SHOT Show,
    Please come back to the east coast! It’s on my “bucket list” but I’m not going all the way across the country. To make things worse, I’ve got 3 carry permits, and Nevada doesn’t honor any of them.

  • Don

    Not that it matters but wouldn’t that be a 350% increase?

    • Peter

      No. It’s 350% of the original price, but an increase of 250%