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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — The debate over gun control in the wake of a mass shooting at a Florida high school has sent rippling waves that have reached the bike industry. Consumers and retailers began calling for a boycott of bike brands owned by gun and ammo supplier Vista Outdoor last week, and the movement continues to gain steam on social media under the hashtag #vistaoutdoor. Mountain Equipment Co-Op, an outdoor retailer with more than 20 stores that sell bicycles along with other outdoor gear throughout Canada, issued a statement on Twitter this morning in response to mounting pressure from the co-op’s members to drop brands owned by Vista. A petition on Change.org asking that Mountain Equipment Co-Op stop selling Vista-owned brands had nearly 2,000 signatures by Monday morning. MEC issued a statement on Twitter: Here's an update from MEC pic.twitter.com/t08bpveVPH — MEC (@mec) February 26, 2018 A similar ...

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