Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MEC Evaluating How to Respond to Pressure to Drop Brands Linked to Gun Maker

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MEC Evaluating How to Respond to Pressure to Drop Brands Linked to Gun Maker

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MEC moves carefully amid gun-related backlash

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VANCOUVER - Mountain Equipment Co-op says it is evaluating different courses of action amid continued social media outcry that it stop selling brands connected to a major U.S. gun manufacturer.

MEC says whatever decisions it makes will impact the brands it carries along with its financial health and ability to meet members' needs.

An online petition calling for the Vancouver-based outdoor retailer to stop selling Vista Outdoor Inc.-owned brands has garnered more than 20,000 signatures because the company also develops and manufactures firearms similar to the type of rifle used in a recent school shooting.

MEC says in a statement shared via its Twitter account Monday that the company has heard from members on different sides of the issue, including those who want to be able to purchase Vista-owned brands like Camelbak at MEC stores. …

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