Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
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REI halts future orders from gun conglomerate

REI halts future orders from gun conglomerate

This week, we have been in active discussions with Vista Outdoor, which has recently acquired several companies that are longtime partners of REI.

In the weeks following the murder of 17 people in a high school in Florida, there has been unprecedented corporate pressure on the gun industry. On Thursday morning, MEC announced it was breaking ties with Vista Outdoor.

A smaller outdoor recreation co-op, Mountain Equipment Co-op of Canada, was the first to announce it was cutting ties with Vista over its production of assault-style weapons after thousands of its members called on the company to take action.

MEC- is a high-end outdoors chain.

Farmington-based Vista Outdoor owns about 50 gear brands, ranging from Camelbak hydration packs to Bolle sunglasses and Camp Chef outdoor cooking equipment.

Vista also owns the Savage Arms company. "As a result, we have made a decision to place a hold on future orders of products that Vista sells through REI while we assess how Vista proceeds".


"We had a lot of customers after the shootings in Florida come to us and say 'What are you doing listing a product made by an ammunition company?'" Running Room founder John Stanton said in an interview. We've also heard from members who believe that purchasing decisions like these should be left to individual consumers and that MEC should not get involved. The fact is, the debate has involved us and as a member-based organisation we are compelled to respond.

Tracey Wilson, spokeswoman for the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights (CCFR) said in statements sent to RCI this morning. Patagonia has sued to block the decision - "The President Stole Your Land", it declared on its website in December - and in January, the multimillion-dollar Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show moved from Utah to Colorado to protest Utah officials' support for the action.

Existing inventory from these brands will remain on store shelves until it's sold, but the company won't be making any more orders through Vista Outdoor. "MEC has sent out their virtue-signal and it is a rejection of the 2.2 million honest and trustworthy Canadians that lawfully own firearms".

"I only discovered a week ago that my children's CamelBak water bottles and the Bushnell binoculars that I bought for my 10-year-old who is into birding were associated not only with the gun lobby, but with companies that manufactured assault weapons", said Sarah Latha, a 39-year-old mother of three who works for the provincial government in Ontario. Magazine capacity in semi-auto rifles must also be "pinned" (i.e physically limited) to 5 bullets capacity only.

The change comes one day after Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods, both prominent gun sellers, tightened their company policies, and also a day after students returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., for the first time since the shooting there.

For instance, Dick's Sporting Goods - the nation's largest sporting-goods retailer - said on Wednesday that it will stop selling assault-style weapons.

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