In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, another outdoor goods retailer has announced changes to their firearm sales policy. Maine-based L.L. Bean has announced that they will no longer sell either firearms or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21.
The company made their announcement from their corporate Twitter page, stating that they had reviewed their policy in the wake of the Parkland shooting and decided to make the change.
L.L. Bean is not a major firearms dealer, specializing instead in outdoor apparel. They do not sell guns or ammunition online and most of their stores do not sell guns or ammunition. L.L. Bean joins Dick’s Sporting Goods, Fred Meyer, and Walmart in announcing changes to their firearm sales policies after the Parkland shooting.
Earlier this week, Dick’s announced that they would no longer sell “assault style” weapons in their Field and Stream branded stores. Dick’s had already discontinued sales of these weapons at their Dick’s branded stores after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. Wal-mart and Fred Meyer announced that they would no longer sell guns or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21.
L.L. Bean was the subject of controversy earlier this year when liberals attempted to organize a boycott of the company after it was revealed that Linda Bean, who is the granddaughter of company founder Leon Leonwood Bean, had donated $60,000 to the Making America Great Again LLC political action committee. President Donald Trump tweeted his support for the company and predicted that the boycott would only help the company’s bottom line. L.L. Bean is a privately-owned company and does not release its sales figures to the public; however, it did announce at the end of 2017 that it planned to shrink its workforce by 10 percent in the upcoming months.