REI latest outdoor retailer to take stand against gun violence

REI made a splash with its Oct. 27 announcement that it would stay closed on Black Friday this year. The sporting goods store said it will pay its 12,000 full and part-time employees not to work on Black Friday, and urged customers to spend the day outside instead.

OREGON - Outdoor retailer, REI, is the latest business to take a stand against gun violence. The company is holding off on placing future orders of products from subsidiaries of Vista Outdoors.

Vista Outdoor recent acquired several companies that are longtime partners of REI. Vista also owns savage arms, which manufactures guns.

Although REI doesn't sell guns, the company is being pressured by some customers to stop doing business with brands owned by Vista Outdoor.

Meanwhile, companies like BiMart and Fred Meyer are doing their part by raising the age to buy guns from 18 to 21.

"I don't believe anyone should be purchasing that type of weapon even at 21 years old, to be honest," said Misty Beebe, a customer who is in favor of gun age restrictions.

"Their parents will buy them, Uncle Charlie will give them his old rifle or something like that," said Jim Daniel, who is against the age restrictions. "I don't think necessarily being able to walk in and buy a firearm is that big of a deal."

Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods also announced similar measures this week.

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