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MEC leads on gun control

UPDATE 1:13 p.m.

By stopping the sale of brands tied to gun manufacturing, the chief executive of Mountain Equipment Co-op says the company can play a role in advancing discussions around gun control.

David Labistour announced Thursday that MEC will stop selling several outdoor equipment brands owned by Vista Outdoor Inc., which is also a gun manufacturer.

MEC doesn't sell guns, but has faced a petition calling on it to stop selling brands owned by Vista Outdoor because the U.S. company also develops and manufactures firearms similar to the type of weapon used in a recent mass shooting in Florida.

The retailer said its existing inventory of Bushnell, CamelBak, Camp Chef, Jimmy Styks and Bolle gear will remain on its shelves until it is sold, but it has suspended further orders of the brands owned by Vista Outdoor.


UPDATE 6:30 a.m.

Mountain Equipment Co-op has decided to stop selling several outdoor equipment brands owned by Vista Outdoor Inc. which is also a gun manufacturer.

MEC chief executive David Labistour says the retailer won't remove existing inventory from its shelves which includes Vista brands such as Bushnell, CamelBak, Camp Chef, Jimmy Styks and Bolle, but it is suspending further orders from the U.S. company.

MEC doesn't sell guns, but had faced a petition calling on it to stop selling brands owned by Vista Outdoor because the company also develops and manufactures firearms similar to the type of rifle used in a recent Florida school shooting.

Labistour says that he has heard the calls to boycott the brands, but also from members who believe that decision should be left to individual consumers.

He says he hopes the decision to take a balanced approach will inspire a wider discussion about the corporate social responsibility for a retail co-operative like MEC.


ORIGINAL 6:21 a.m.

Mountain Equipment Co-op has dropped brands linked to U.S. gun maker after public outcry and petition.

CEO David Labistour said earlier this week MEC would be looking more carefully at potential risks involved with larger holding companies it deals with.

More coming....

-with files from Canadian Press



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