REI Co-op on Monday notified the company’s merchants that the Co-op will resume orders with Giro, Bell, CamelBak, Blackburn, and Camp Chef on the news that the brands’ parent company, Vista Outdoor, has secured a buyer for Savage Arms.
REI said Monday: “REI orders of Vista-owned brands have been on hold since March 2018. At that time, Vista Outdoor chose not to engage in the national conversation about common-sense gun safety solutions that followed the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“REI does not sell guns or ammunition, and does not oppose hunting or the Second Amendment, but we believe companies that profit directly from the sale of guns have a civic responsibility to engage in the national discussion about gun safety, as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart and others have done.
“We understand and respect that our members and employees enjoy life outside in many ways—including hunting.”