Unfortunately, it sounds like (according to one of the commenters at Shall Not Be Questioned) Reed is a big enough business that they would barely notice losing the entire show. With $9.5B in annual revenue, it’s almost a rounding error for them.
As was pointed out elsewhere, this WILL have an effect on exhibit planners who don’t care about (or are even opposed to) gun rights.
After all, Reed has just demonstrated they will fold in a heartbeat on the slightest of poitical pressure from a loud minority. Any exhibition that will include “non-PC” businesses or products, even if only by a minority of exhibitors, may well face the same thing.
Most commerical exhibition events are planned AT LEAST a year or two in advance — if you’re planning an exhibit involving energy production, medical technology, the entertainment industry, etc., are you going to take teh risk that Reed tanks YOUR exhibition at the last minute, because some loudmouth wets his panties?
Reed’s primary customer base may not give a damn about their stand on gun rights, but they sure as Hell care about thier integrity in not backstabbing their customer’s program at (for industry) the very last minute.
“Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone, for now, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show given the controversy surrounding its decision to limit the sale or display of modern sporting rifles (also called ARs) at the event. The show was scheduled to take place February 2-10 in Harrisburg, PA.”