By: KEYE Staff
AUSTIN, Texas — Austin-based YETI has abruptly ended doing business with the National Rifle Association, according to a letter sent out to NRA members Friday.
Past NRA President and United Sportsmen of Florida Executive Director Marion Hammer stated, “Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with The NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why. “
Hammer added contact information for the Austin company at the bottom of the letter.
On Monday, YETI tweeted a rebuttal to the NRA Foundation, calling the statement "inaccurate" and saying that "nothing is further from the truth" in response to the NRA's claim that the company has "declined to continue helping America's young people enjoy outdoor recreational activities."
YETI says that the "outdated" program that was offered to the NRA Foundation and other organizations was eliminated and that they were offered "an alternative customization program."
"These facts directly contradict the inaccurate statement the NRA-ILA distributed on April 20," Yeti stated. "Further the NRA, -ILA stated that in the same public communication that "[Yeti has] decline to continue helping America's young people enjoy outdoor recreational activities." Nothing is further from the truth."
"YETI is unwavering in our belief in and commitment to the Constitution of the United States and its Second Amendment," the statement further reads."
Read the full letter from the NRA below:
"For years YETI Coolers have been a hot item for sportsmen at the Friends of NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction events around the country.
These Foundation events raise money to support youth programs and educational programs nationwide.
The youth of America who benefit from these programs are the future hunters, hikers, fishermen/women, bikers, campers, wildlife photographers, mountain climbers, sportsmen/women and conservationists who will protect our natural resources and recreational lands.
Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with The NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why.
They will only say they will no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation. That certainly isn't sportsmanlike. In fact, YETI should be ashamed.
They have declined to continue helping America's young people enjoy outdoor recreational activities.
These activities enable them to appreciate America and enjoy our natural resources with wholesome and healthy outdoor recreational and educational programs.The NRA Foundation is 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization.
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