The outdoor specialty retailer made the call just two days after both Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that they were also raising the minimum age for weapons purchases after a 19-year-old gunman allegedly shot up the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., leaving 17 people dead.
News of L.L. Bean’s decision came via a response to a Twitter user, a professed fan of the brand, urging it to change its policy.
The Maine-based merchant has 37 stores in 17 states but sells firearms specific to hunting and outdoor shooting sports only at its flagship store in Freeport. It does not sell handguns, assault-style weapons and bump stocks; however, its inventory does include accessories such as rifle bags, gun safes and cleaning kits.
L.L. Bean has reiterated that it is not a supporter of the National Rifle Association.
“As a company, L.L. Bean does not endorse any political party, candidates or make political contributions. The majority of our corporate donations are focused on conservation and the environment,” it clarified on Twitter. “We understand the decision may disappoint some, but [it] is a decision we feel is right and does not diminish our commitment to responsible hunting and traditional outdoor sports.”
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