Citing health concerns for staff, families and friends, a letter was issued Thursday that announced the Safariland withdrawal from SHOT Show 2022. The company is one of world’s foremost manufacturers of protective equipment for law enforcement and shooting gear for civilian enthusiasts. The letter, below in its entirety, was dated Jan. 6.
“To Our Valued Customers,”
“Throughout the pandemic, employee health and safety has been a priority for The Safariland Group. It was our plan to attend the 2022 SHOT Show as we have for the past 40+ years, however, we have made the difficult decision not to attend.
“We feel there could be a significant health risk for our associates, their families and to our customer base due to the COVID Omicron variant. We have also stayed abreast of various exhibitor and attendee decisions, which was a contributing factor to this outcome.
“We plan to attend the SHOT Show in 2023 and have communicated that with the NSSF staff to ensure our seniority space location is preserved.
“In the meantime, should you have any questions, or would like product information, please be sure to reach out to your Safariland Account Manager.
“Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support.
“President, Cadre Holdings, Inc.”
The list of companies not attending, or reducing exposure with limited floor staff, continues to grow. SIG Sauer withdrew in October, but Ruger also made a similar decision this month, along with 5.11 Tactical.