So after all the spit and vinegar directed at Reed Exhibitions for not allowing modern sporting arms to be displayed at the now-canceled Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show last February in Harrisburg, the mighty National Rifle Association has taken the reins of the annual show and renamed it The Great American Outdoor Show.
The NRA proudly proclaimed that all legal sporting arms will be allowed for display at the new show Feb. 1-9, 2014 at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
There's just one catch. You can look at an AR-15, you can look at Colt .45, you can look at a Remington 700 BDL, but you can't buy them.
That's right, the NRA, which stands up for Second Amendment rights throughout the U.S. of A, is banning gun sales at what had been billed as the biggest consumer-oriented outdoors show in North America.
The powerful lobbying force of the NRA, which helped defeat the fairly common-sense, bi-partisan Schumer-Toomey-Manchin gun legislation, is denying gun sales at the biggest consumer show in the country.
That decision has got to hurt the local and specialty gun dealers who held vendor spots at the Harrisburg show in the past. The decision to ban sales — look but don't buy — is a double whammy of sorts for them, cutting off two straight years of potential buyers.
The NRA plans to bring in every gun manufacturer it can to display their array of firearms, and brushes aside the complaints of hypocrisy by claiming show-goers will return home to their local shops to purchase the guns of their choice.
Like any mass consumer show, in-show vendors plan on the lure and appeal of the show for instant gratification purchases. If a local gun shop is displaying a line of pistols, it's more appealing to plunk down money then and wait for the mandatory background check time before picking up the pistol itself. A Lehigh Valley consumer who hasn't financially committed to the instant gratification moment has a long drive home to reconsider a potential purchase instead of finding satisfaction with the pending sale.
The NRA is sometimes too powerful. While the old ESOS was never really a gun show, per se, it did provide opportunities and sales for smaller vendors who were willing to rent a space and peddle their wares. Those types of operations, the small business mom-and-pops and custom builders, aren't being served by the NRA policy for The Great American Outdoor Show.
Little Lehigh trout derby: The Lehigh County Fish & Game Protective Association is holding its 77th annual Little Lehigh Fishing Derby May 18 and 19 in the Little Lehigh Parkway between the Iron Bridge and Robin Hood Bridge.
The junior derby will take place 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, and the senior derby will take place 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.
Registration, memberships, food, beverage, bait and tackle will be available at the tournament's main tent.
Duck Derby: This isn't the usual item that appears in Outdoor Ramblings, but it's happening outdoors, on the Jordan Creek, and anglers should be advised.
The proceeds are being donated in honor of Zach Kraus, a member of the Parkland class of 2013 who died in 2011 following an almost life-long long battle with such diseases.
Zach was a truly amazing and inspirational young man that I had the privilege to know from kindergarten on because he was a classmate of my son, Jared.
You do not need to be present to win one of the prizes. First prize is $1,000, second is $200, third is $100 and fourth is $50.
To buy a duck, contact PHS Leo Club advisor John Mondschein via email at mondscheinj@Parklandsd.org, or send a check payable to "PSD" for $10 per duck, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for your receipt ticket, to: John Mondschein c/o PHS, 2700 North Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, Pa. 18104.
Little Lehigh clean-up: Members of the Little Lehigh Chapter of Trout Unlimited, along with Friends of the Allentown Parks and the City of Allentown, are planing a stream clean up adjacent to the Little Lehigh Parkway 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.
People willing to help out are asked to meet at the covered bridge in the parkway downstream of the intersection of Oxford Drive and Fish Hatchery Road. Trash bags will be provided.
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