A fashion show at Bass Pro Shops in Foxborough where models were set to walk the runway and show off the latest in gun-related accessories has been put on hold by the company, according to the Gun Owners’ Action League, the group that was co-hosting the event.
In a statement Wednesday night, just two days before the show was scheduled to happen, GOAL said it was notified that the “Concealed Carry Fashion Show” had been postponed because of “unforeseen circumstances.”
**PLEASE NOTE** The CCW Fashion Show, scheduled for Friday 3/9/18 at Bass Pro Shops - Foxborough has been postponed. Bass Pro made this decision today and cited it was because of "unforeseen circumstances. If you purchased tix for this event we will get in touch tomorrow.— GOAL (@GOALupdate) March 7, 2018
Representatives from Bass Pro Shops did not immediately return a request for comment. GOAL also didn’t respond to several e-mails from the Globe.
At least 120 people had purchased tickets to the fashion show, a fund-raiser organized by GOAL and the online networking group Massachusetts Women Gun Owners, said Mandy Deveno, a GOAL board member and the event’s coordinator.
In an interview with the Globe earlier in the week, Deveno said the event was meant “to promote the positive side of gun ownership here in Massachusetts,” while raising money for the Massachusetts Women’s Leadership and Firearms Summit, a weekend retreat.
The event was billed by the groups as an “entertaining yet educational” gathering to highlight “firearms, holsters, personal safety products, and [concealed-carry] clothing.”
Deveno said models were going to strut the runway and display “Concealed Carry” fashion accessories like bras and purses.
The show’s organizers started planning the event six months ago, they said. The event in Foxborough was similar to other fashion shows hosted around the country, including one by the National Rifle Association in August in Milwaukee. There was no indication whether it would be rescheduled.
The postponement comes as brands across the country cut ties with the NRA amid conversations about gun control laws following the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed.
After learning about the cancellation Thursday, people flocked to the Foxborough store’s Facebook page to complain.
Customers and those who had apparently planned to attend the fashion show seemed to be under the impression that a possible protest of the event had something to do with the store’s decision to postpone it.
“Cancelled out on hosting a women’s event at the last minute. This was planned for months. Women took the day off from work for the event, invested in pre-paid transportation and it is all a loss thanks to Bass Pro Shop crumbling to political opponents,” one person wrote. “Bass Pro has made the choice and clearly does not want us as customers anymore.”
Another person said, “[I’m] extremely disappointed and disgusted with this company. Shame on you for caving.”Correspondent Jacob Carozza contributed. Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.