The Company also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream and other specialty concept stores, and Dick's Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile applications for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships.
Guns-rights activists protested the change, with one employee calling the new policy "systematic discrimination". While MEC does not sell firearms, they do carry Vista-owned brands including Bollé, Bushnell, CamelBak and Jimmy Styks, and has done so for years, even before the brands were acquired by Vista.
The world's largest retailer said it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21.
Their new policy is making it harder to buy guns. "I refuse to be a part of a corporation with these liberal policies". Again I truly apologize for the inconvenience. Being an educated consumer might take more time, it might be less convenient and might be more expensive.
"I firmly believe that it is morally and constitutionally wrong to infringe upon the rights of a law abiding citizen in any way, and I will not work for a company that pushes for the restriction of the Second Amendment", Degarmo wrote. "In the last few days, we've seen such action from companies like DICK'S Sporting Goods and Walmart and we applaud their leadership..."
"I am also ending my employment with Dick's Sporting Goods due to the fact that I am being discriminated against, I am twenty years old and therefore barred from pushing a firearm from a Dick's Sporting Goods store or their subsidiaries", the letter continued.
In the wake of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Fla., Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart and several other major retailers have announced changes in the way they're going to sell firearms.
Walmart further said its decision came after the company reviewed its firearm sales policy in light of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.
"But thoughts and prayers are not enough", it continued.
We are facing many issues that aren't quickly solved by our government, from minimum wages, selling of high capacity magazines, or the treatment of animals in factory farms.
The rift between corporate American and the gun lobby is growing.
Stack appeared on CNN's New Day this week, where he told Chris Cuomo, "We know there's going to be some backlash".
And with a sort of "oh yeah, how 'bout this" flip of the ace card, Walmart also announced it was barring sales of toy guns, too.
Two major United States retailers, Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods, have raised the minimum legal age for purchasing guns at their stores from 18 to 21.