REI stops ordering products made by company that also makes guns

REI stops ordering products made by company that also makes guns

On Wednesday, Dick's Sporting Goods announced that it will stop selling assault-style rifles in its 35 field and stream stores (Dick's had stopped carrying that style of gun in its other stores in 2012, after the Sandy Hook shooting). Vista Outdoor manufactures guns and has not said if it will take any action in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Florida last month.

She says L.L. Bean does not carry assault-style firearms, high-capacity firearms, bump stocks or handguns of any kind.

In the wake of the February 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, several USA companies have severed ties with the National Rifle Association including Delta, United, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Allied Van Lines, Met Life and Enterprise.

"Our brand falls within the Outdoor Products segment of our company, which operates separately from Vista Outdoor's Shooting Sports segment".

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The political battle is the latest to sweep up outdoor retailers like REI, which has long embraced a philosophy of social corporate responsibility but which also has more than 6 million members encompassing a range of political views.

After an online campaign prompted by the latest mass shooting in the U.S., two leisure co-op retailers have stopped selling brands linked to a United States gun manufacturer.

Beyond the products REI sells, Vista also owns Savage Arms, which makes "modern sporting rifles".

The announcements come two weeks after a teenager killed 17 students and educators with an AR-15 rifle in Florida. On Twitter and Facebook, lists and petitions are being widely circulated of myriad companies associated with the gun lobby or brands owned by gun manufacturers, urging customers to boycott and retailers to drop them.

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Farmington-based Vista Outdoor owns about 50 gear brands, ranging from Camelbak hydration packs to Bolle sunglasses and Camp Chef outdoor cooking equipment. So far, Vista has remained silent on the topic of gun control and did not respond to Outside's request for comment.

REI said it learned "that Vista does not plan to make a public statement that outlines a clear plan of action. We are in the midst of a complex and highly charged debate with as many opinions as there are people expressing them". "I include myself in that community", Labistour wrote. Labistour said he had served in the military and grew up in a rural area where hunting was commonplace, reports the Vancouver Sun.

Another from Texas said: "I am a PROUD REI member and enough is ENOUGH!" At the same time, my personal experience has taught me about the power of engagement.

REI's wording-calling for "a hold" on Vista orders-does leave room for REI to reinstate its contracts in the future, depending on how the parent company reacts. "We believe that it is the job of companies that manufacture and sell guns and ammunition to work towards common sense solutions that prevent the type of violence that happened in Florida last month", the company said. The company adds that "we recognize, support and respect the right of every individual to decide for themselves what brands they will purchase based on whatever criteria they believe are important".

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Vista is just the latest gunmaker to be targeted in the furor that's hit the entire industry.