Bass Pro Shops postpones concealed carry ‘fashion show’ at Foxborough store

By Jacob Carozza Globe Correspondent 

Bass Pro Shops has postponed a concealed carry “fashion show” and fund-raiser scheduled for Friday at the company’s Foxborough store, according to organizers of the event.

The company told the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts that the decision was due to “unforeseen circumstances,” the group said in a statement Wednesday.


The statement did not elaborate on what caused the event to be postponed.

“We are very disappointed by Bass Pro Shop’s decision,” the statement said. “. . . We apologize for any inconvenience this decision by Bass Pro Shop may have caused.”

GOAL will try to find a new venue for the show, according to the statement.

“If we can’t find a new venue quickly we will get in touch with everyone concerning processing refunds on tickets purchased,” it said.

The event, co-hosted with the online networking group Massachusetts Women Gun Owners, was billed as an “entertaining yet educational event highlighting firearms, holsters, personal safety products, and [concealed carry] clothing.”


Organizers planned to have models strutting down the runway wearing gun-related gear, ranging from thigh holsters and hip-huggers to more traditional waist band options.

Models would be wearing plastic replicas instead of real firearms, an organizer said.

Proceeds were intended to support the Massachusetts Women’s Leadership and Firearms Summit, a weekend-long gun education workshop.

Mandy Deveno, a GOAL board member and the event’s coordinator, referred comment to Bass Pro Shops and GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace when reached by phone Wednesday night.

Neither Wallace nor a spokesman for Bass Pro Shops immediately responded to requests for comment Wednesday night.

An e-mail sent to the Massachusetts Women Gun Owners group was not answered Wednesday night.

Steve Annear of the Globe Staff contributed Jacob Carozza can be reached at