The NSSF 2021 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show was to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, between January 19 and 22. However, COVID-19 restrictions made it difficult to organize a large gathering of people while observing safety measures. Consequently, the surrounding circumstances made the event unviable, leading to its cancelation.
NSSF President Joe Bartozzi said that although county and state authorities allowed larger gatherings of people, it was difficult to plan in advance with so many unknown variables.
"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," the NSSF president's statement read. "Sadly, these spikes are currently transpiring worldwide."
Bartozzi said that a lot of effort had gone into organizing "the largest show in history" while observing safety measures. He added that exhibition spaces had already sold out, and more exhibitors had expressed their interest in the event.
"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," the statement read.
More information revealed that NSSF would not reschedule the 2021 SHOT show. Participants will have to wait for the 2022 event, which the organizers promised would be the best in history.
The NSSF also changed its refund policy, allowing attendees to receive a full refund of their payments by December 31. Those who booked accommodation through NSSF's official housing vendor, onPeak, will receive automatic cancellations without penalty.
Exhibitors and sponsors will receive a refund of 50% of their payments, while the NSSF will roll over the remaining amount to the 2022 SHOT exhibition. Exhibitors also have the option of donating the money to the NSSF.
NSSF has been very consistent in fighting the assault of Americans' Second Amendment rights during the pandemic. The organization has also consistently provided valuable information to stakeholders in the gun industry. It also supports various activities such as firearm education, consumer associations and initiatives, and government-firearm industry relations.
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