"As a result, we have chose to place a hold on future orders of products that Vista sells through REI while we assess how Vista proceeds", the company said.
Running Room says it will let its current stock of CamelBak products sell out, and won't re-order them. "As an REI Co-Op member", Ladner writes on her petition site, "I'm asking my favorite outdoor retailer to take a firm stand and stop profiting from companies that promote and manufacture assault weapons".
Numerous brands mentioned in the recent petition were partners of MEC before being acquired by Vista Outdoor, he said.
Vancouver-based Mountain Equipment Co-op says it has suspended further orders of five brands of outdoor gear owned by Vista Outdoor: Bollé, Bushnell, CamelBak, Camp Chef, and Jimmy Styks.
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MEC doesn't sell guns, but has faced a petition calling on it to stop selling brands owned by Vista Outdoor because the US company also develops and manufactures firearms similar to the type of weapon used in a recent mass shooting in Florida.
Walmart stopped selling AR style guns in 2015, Dick's said it will also now stop selling AR style guns.
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Canadian merchant Running Room, which bills itself as "North America's largest specialty retailer" of running and walking gear, followed suit shortly thereafter, saying: "Our management teams are now doing a full review of our suppliers and vendors for any other potential conflicts". 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".
Representatives from Vista did not immediately respond to HuffPost's requests for comment. But one of its brands, CamelBak, tried to distance itself from Vista's gun selling operation, arguing in a statement 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. For Naparstek, the issue goes beyond gun sales: Specifically, Vista Outdoor has a history of supporting anti-public land politicians.
Vista Outdoor brands are widely sold in places such as Costco and Walmart. Ltd. are carrying on business as usual. "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". Anti-gun consumers lambaste the brand for supporting the NRA and manufacturing "assault rifles".
MEC's announcement comes on the same day that United States grocer Kroger said its Fred Meyer stores would ban gun sales to customers under the age of 21.
"Shooting sports" make up 54% of Vista's external sales revenue, in brands including Savage Arms and Federal Premium Ammunition.
Canadian Tire did not address the question of Vista Outdoor.
It became clear that the company's members weren't taking aim at the issue of hunting or sport shooting but wanted to see more discussion around gun control, he said.