Thanks A Lot CORONA: 2021 SHOT Show Cancelled

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Thanks A Lot Corona: 2021 SHOT Show Cancelled

We were all hoping this headline wouldn’t come, but as of the morning of Friday, October 30th, it’s official. the 2021 SHOT Show is Cancelled according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, after previous indications that the event would go on with some modifications such as more exits and entrances, masks, and social distancing. Unfortunately, many in the industry suspected that the writing was on the wall for this cancellation. The massive and ever-growing list of dropped events that have plagued 2020 had already begun extending into next year. The full text of the NSSF’s announcement is posted below.

Thanks A Lot Corona: 2021 SHOT Show Cancelled

Thanks A Lot Corona: 2021 SHOT Show Cancelled

NSSF® Announces 2021 SHOT Show Cancelled

Statement from NSSF President & CEO Joe Bartozzi:

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the world, NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, today makes the difficult announcement that the 2021 SHOT Show has been cancelled.

NSSF has remained in constant communication with Nevada officials throughout the year in our planning for the 2021 show. While there has been a concerted effort to expand the allowable levels for large gatherings by the county and state, with positivity rates peaking during our key planning period we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 show. Sadly, these spikes are currently transpiring worldwide. Given the sheer complexities, diminishing timeline and immense logistical planning required to conduct a trade show as large as SHOT, NSSF simply could not move forward at this point with so many unknowns and variables. We truly appreciate the guidance of Nevada and Las Vegas officials in allowing us to communicate this news to our exhibitors and attendees well in advance of the show. We would also like to thank the Sands directly for their help and efforts to navigate this unprecedented situation.

The planning and work that has gone into the 2021 SHOT Show has been nothing short of remarkable. Since the pandemic began in early 2020, the NSSF staff and our show partners have been working around the clock to plan our largest show in history while keeping the health and safety of all involved as paramount.

The support of our show exhibitors this year has also been nothing short of remarkable. With three months to go until the show, floor space for both the Sands Expo Center and our expansion to the new Caesars Forum was nearly sold out, with more companies than ever before represented at the SHOT Show.

All of this positions us for a 2022 SHOT Show that will be undoubtedly the best in our industry’s history, and we look forward to bringing our entire community together again at a show that will be one to remember.

During the coming year, NSSF asks for our industry’s unwavering support as we continue our fight to promote, protect and preserve our industry in these unsettling times.

Throughout this year, NSSF has remained at the forefront for our industry. As thousands of businesses across the country were shuttered as being “non-essential” during the pandemic, NSSF worked nonstop to have firearm retailers, ranges, manufacturers and distributors listed as “essential” which allowed them to remain open for business.

NSSF is your trade association. Everything we do—from education, safety initiatives, compliance and security resources, import/export guidance, consumer activation initiatives, government relations, and the SHOT Show—is aimed at helping businesses in our industry succeed. Now, more than ever, we need your continued support.

Thanks A Lot Corona: 2021 SHOT Show Cancelled

A sad day, readers; yet another event falls victim to COVID-19. We hope these events will start returning soon, and that the loss of SHOT Show 2021 will only end up being a minor speedbump on the road to SHOT 2022 in the long run. What do you think of this news? Good call, bad call, maybe a bit of both? What would you have done if it was your decision? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Photos courtesy of NSSF and SHOT Show.
Will P
Will P

Lifelong hobby/sport shooter and hunter, former US Army infantryman, perpetual firearms student. Always seeking to become better and learn more. Interested in a wide variety of shooting disciplines, and passionate about all kinds of guns. Contact on Instagram: @WillTFB

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  • Nate Gilbert Nate Gilbert on Nov 02, 2020

    It’s hard to write about this stuff, i’m not a good writer but i’m going to try. I’m a Paramedic in a medium sized city about thirty minutes from NYC. That’s my FT job and always has been. In the beginning of March we knew that C19 cases had started rising and we tried to prepare for it. By the second week of March we started seeing cases. These ranged from young adults to the elderly, all types of past health problems or none, from mild symptoms to near death. Our local hospitals quickly filled. Our call volume sky rocketed. We understood we needed to screen people to figure out who needed to be hospitalized and who didn’t. unfortunately this is sometimes difficult to do.
    Then we started finding the bodies. There is no nice way to say this, we started finding people dead in their homes at an incredible rate. Sometimes 4-8 per 12 hours! In the first weekend of April, our couple of units pronounced 40 people. All of these people had the same back story, general weakness +SOB over 1 week or so. The public health people started posting signs for people to call neighbors who live alone and check on them. Nine of us got sick, two of those needed hospitalization and one died. The hospital I work for had one ER nurse die. In the beginning of April the system as a whole was breaking down. People were dying in the ED just lying there due to the incredible strain on the system. We needed serious help. Thankfully FEMA came to the rescue. They sent a large amount of ambulances and ER staff from all over the country, as far away as California! This was incredible and I have much respect for the people who did this. One exchange stands out in my mind though. It was late at night and I was outside of a home preparing to go inside and screen a low acuity pt. I was helping a young EMT from Virginia into his PPE and he suddenly said “Wow, back home some people don’t think this is real.” Whenever I hear about how how the death toll is overblown, I just can’t......
    You can’t understand it until you see it up close I guess.

  • The headline should read: "thanks to mass delusion, events cancelled, proving that Americans really aren't all that serious about their liberty and are apparently easily manipulated into believing that a disease that is, according to the CDC, statistacally no more dangerous than seasonal influenza is worth giving up all sorts of freedoms for."

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