REI stops ordering products made by company that also makes guns

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"Although Running Room does not sell or condone the sale of firearms or ammunitions like some large multi-branded retailers, we do sell brands that are owned by a corporation that has holdings in the manufacture of assault-style weapons", the Running Room statement reads.

"Thousands of MEC members have contacted us to express their concerns and to ask that we stop selling products made by these brands", wrote Chief Executive David Labistour in an open letter to customers. In 2016, it bought helmet labels Giro, Bell, and C-Preme, along with Blackburn cycling products for $400 million.

"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". Since 1989, CamelBak has been committed to forever changing the way people hydrate and perform.

Vista Outdoor owns many popular outdoors brands like CamelBak, Giro, and Bell. Vista also owns Savage Arms, which manufactures guns including 'modern sporting rifles.' This morning we learned that Vista does not plan to make a public statement that outlines a clear plan of action. Their products include the Savage Arms line of rifles, Estate Cartridge line of shotshells, M-Pro7 Gun Cleaning System, Gunslick Pro line of gun care products, and Force on Force training ammunition. The retailer believes that gun manufacturers and distributors have a responsibility to "work toward common sense solutions" to prevent gun violence and is leveraging its position as a major retailer and distribution partner to encourage Vista into taking action. Seventeen people were killed in the mass-shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Vista did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment and has not issued any public response to the decision by the retailers. Domestic consumers, including law enforcement and military professionals, represent 80 percent of Vista's total sales.

The announcement followed Dick's Sporting Goods announcement it wouldn't sell assault-style rifles in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. and WalMart's decision to raise the age to buy firearms to 21.

"If you start thinking about the global supply chain, every one of us is involved in something that is against our values: If it's not Vista, maybe you're connected to someone who designs logos for one of Vista's brands", Gupta said.

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

The gun control debate that ignited across the nation in a bid to restrict the use of weapon, propelled US stores like Walmart, Dicks, L.L. Bean and Kroger stop selling assault rifles.

Gunmaker American Outdoor Brands Corp., formerly known as Smith & Wesson, said consumer demand is falling to "new, lower levels", during a conference call Thursday evening.

And it's not just the big chains dropping away that have gunmakers anxious. Numerous local cycling shops from Portland, Oregon, to Ann Arbor to Washington have joined the chorus.

But at least one of its brands caught in the cross-hairs of the backlash is trying to distance itself from its corporate parent.

Vista, which does about half its business in the shooting sports and ammunition market, has not made a statement about the Florida shootings or the reactions of some retailers.