A letter circulated by sportswear company Running Room says it has also heard from its customers, and has also stopped its orders of CamelBak products due to their connection to Vista Outdoor.
It should be noted that although the U.S is now talking about measures such as background checks of gun purchases, extensive and detailed background checks of potential buyers by Royal Canadian Mounted Police has been the norm in Canada for years. "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", REI's statement said.
The company joined retail heavyweights Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods in changing policies in the wake of the Florida school massacre. However, the existing products of Vista in the Canadian store will not be taken off the shelves immediately but will remain in place till they are sold.
Vista Outdoor Products is the parent owner of a wide variety of companies like Bollé, Bushnell, CamelBak, Camp Chef, and Jimmy Styks. outdoors products These companies make things like sunglasses, binoculars and opticals, water bottles and hydration packs, camp stoves and barbeques, and paddleboards. Vista also owns Savage Arms, which manufactures guns including "modern sporting rifles".
The decision comes amid a rapid trend: Numerous U.S. companies are backing away from deals they have with the National Rifle Association.
REI's statement came after thousands of REI members signed an online petition calling on the company to sever ties with Vista.
A 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is accused of using an AR-15 rifle, that he purchased legally, for the attack.
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MEC's announcement comes on the same day that U.S. grocer Kroger said its Fred Meyer stores would ban gun sales to customers under the age of 21.
Tracey Wilson, spokeswoman for the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights (CCFR) said in statements sent to RCI this morning.
Within the past week, Dick's Sporting Goods has discontinued the sale of assault-style weapons altogether, banned the sale of high-capacity magazines and banned the sale of other guns to anyone under 21. "I include myself in that community". I can readily identify with our members who are on all sides of this debate.
Although MEC has severed ties with one of the major corporations in the USA, it said it will continue to work with companies whose values align with that of MEC, which believes in "demonstrating leadership and leveraging the power of community".
On a very personal note, many of us come from parts of the world where we have witnessed the use and impact of guns first-hand.
But he also believes that in the power of engagement and thinks it's the path to change, so has tabled a few questions for MEC's millions of members. "Our brand falls within the Outdoor Products segment of our company, which operates separately from Vista Outdoor's Shooting Sports segment".
On Sunday evening, Ms. Latha put up a petition on change.org demanding that Mountain Equipment stop selling brands owned by Vista Outdoor.