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by Shane Stokes
March 3, 2018
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Protests over school shootings, the availability of assault rifles and the NRA’s lobbying of government officials have already led some to boycott the products of companies that make arms. Now stores are getting involved, with the outdoor chains REI and Mountain Equipment Co-Op suspending orders for certain items.
The stores have said they were backing away from products such as those made by Bell, Giro and CamelBack. All three brands are now owned by Vista Outdoor. The stores’ concerns are because Vista also makes assault rifles. In a statement issued on Thursday, REI said that gun manufacturers and retailers need to “work towards common sense solutions that prevent the type of violence that happened in Florida last month.”
The company was referring to the killing of 17 students and staff members at a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. It said that it had learned that Vista wasn’t planning on making a plan of action clear. “As a result, we have decided to place a hold on future orders of products that Vista sells through REI while we assess how Vista proceeds.”
“In the last few days, we’ve seen such action from companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart and we applaud their leadership,” said REI, referring to those companies’ decisions to stop selling guns to those under 21. “Companies are showing they can contribute if they are willing to lead. We encourage Vista to do just that.”
Responding, CamelBak issued a statement saying that it was an “incorrect assumption that the purchase of any of our products may support a cause that does not fit the mission/values of our brand. Our brand falls within the Outdoor Products segment of our company, which operates separately from Vista Outdoor’s Shooting Sports segment.”
Click through to read more at the New York Times.