The National Rifle Association today said their changes and expansion of Harrisburg's outdoor show, now called the Great American Outdoor Show, won't push out local gun retailers in favor of large manufacturers despite a lack of gun sales next February.
The NRA will bring in more national gun and accessory manufacturers to be part of its new shooting section of the show, according to a release about changes from last week.
“Local gun shops are welcome to be a part of that, too,” NRA spokesman Jeremy Greene said today.
But since show sales are not permitted, gun retailers will have to give prospective buyers their card and store hours to complete any sales, he said.
“They can display any legal firearms,” Greene said. “They just won’t be able to sell them.”
Greene also stressed that the shooting section of the Great American Outdoor Show will be just one of many in the expanded show. Others will include hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, tours and trips, and vehicles.
In addition, the NRA plans to expand the show beyond the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center to include evening concerts, banquets, fundraisers, seminars and nationally known speakers.
“What we’re producing is a sport show,” Greene said. “There’s so much more than guns.”