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ATA Adopts Bylaws Change on Display and Advertisement of Archery Equipment at Trade Show

The 2018 ATA Trade Show will be governed by a bylaws change that impacts which archery equipment can be displayed or advertised at the Show. The ATA’s Board of Directors adopted this change at its April meeting.
Photo Credit: Shane Indrebo

Author: ATA Staff

At its April meeting, the Archery Trade Association’s Board of Directors adopted a bylaws change that impacts which archery equipment can be displayed or advertised at the ATA Trade Show. These changes take effect immediately, which means the 2018 ATA Trade Show will be governed by these bylaws.

The specific change states:

Article 4 Section 4.01 B

Terms. The Corporation’s membership is open to corporations, partnerships and other entities that are employers with a minimum of one full-time, active, permanent employee at all times, involved in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of archery and/or bowhunting products or services (“Product” or “Products”); and media corporations involved in the production, broadcasting and/or distribution of information about archery and/or bowhunting. Products include all items that are attached to a bow or an arrow, any products used to shoot a bow and arrow, and all accessories used by archers, bowhunters, hunters, fishermen, or for general outdoor use. By way of further definition, a bow is considered a Product if it uses a limb and string system to propel an arrow.  Any bow that does not meet this definition is not considered a Product, and may not be displayed or advertised in any way at the Corporation’s Trade Show.


The ATA bylaws change regarding which archery equipment can be displayed or advertised at the ATA Trade Show is an extension of the archery equipment definitions the ATA Technical Committee developed in 2016, adopted by the ATA Board of Directors and currently available on the ATA website. Photo Credit: Shane Indrebo

The change is an extension of the archery equipment definitions the ATA Technical Committee developed in 2016, adopted by the ATA Board of Directors and currently available on the Position Statements page of the ATA website. The position statement on airguns that shoot arrows states in part: “The ATA was asked by its members and representatives of state wildlife agencies for its opinion regarding whether airguns that shoot arrows constitute archery equipment. While the ATA certainly recognizes that airguns that shoot arrows are innovative pieces of shooting equipment, these types of airguns nevertheless lack basic components of standard archery equipment (e.g., a string system and limbs). For this reason, the ATA does not consider airguns that shoot arrows to be archery equipment.”

“We look forward to working with all exhibitors to minimize any potential problems regarding exhibiting at the 2018 Trade Show,” said ATA President and CEO Jay McAninch. “This is why we’re providing information and guidance well in advance of the Show.”


The ATA’s desire is to enforce the bylaws change regarding archery products in a fair and reasonable manner. “We look forward to working with all exhibitors to minimize any potential problems regarding exhibiting at the 2018 Trade Show,” said ATA President and CEO Jay McAninch. “This is why we’re providing information and guidance well in advance of the Show.” Photo Credit: Shane Indrebo

The ATA’s desire is to enforce the bylaws change regarding archery products in a fair and reasonable manner. Thus, the ATA’s approach will mean:

  • No equipment that shoots a shaft-type projectile that is propelled by anything other than a limb and string system can be displayed at the ATA Trade Show. By way of example, airguns that shoot an arrow or bolt cannot be displayed at the ATA Trade Show.
  • No equipment that shoots a shaft-type projectile that is propelled by anything other than a limb and string system can be advertised at the ATA Trade Show. By way of example, airguns that shoot an arrow or bolt cannot be advertised at the ATA Trade Show. Advertising includes but is not limited to:
    • Signage of any kind or type;
    • Booth graphics, images or similar materials as part of a booth or exhibit display;
    • Catalogs or similar advertising books, pamphlets, folders or similar materials available in a booth, kiosk or other accessible area on the show floor or an area considered part of the ATA Trade Show.

Equipment that can be displayed or advertised at the ATA Trade Show includes firearms, muzzleloaders, airguns or any products that shoot a bullet-type projectile.

Those with questions regarding this change, or its interpretation relative to the 2018 ATA Trade Show, are encouraged to contact Maria Lewis, senior director of Trade Show and membership for the ATA, at (866) 266-2776 Ext 104.

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