EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - The National Rifle Association had to scramble to find new locations for two meetings this week about supporting Governor Scott Walker in his June 5th recall election.
That’s after the Gander Mountain outdoor gear chain canceled meetings it was planning to host for the NRA in Rothschild and Eau Claire.
On Facebook, Gander Mountain said it has been a long-time partner with the NRA – but its customers have diverse and varied interests. So the chain created a new policy that prohibits hosting events for political causes and candidates.
The NRA did find two other locations for the Walker support meetings. They were held Tuesday at a gun shop in Merrill, and Wednesday at an Eau Claire hotel.
The Republican Walker told WAOW-TV in Wausau he had not heard about the matter – but he said he appreciates the support from hunters.
Democrats spoke up for Gander Mountain, saying they had the right to make a business decision.
Marathon County Democratic Party chair Jeff Johnson said people from both parties hunt and shop at Gander Mountain. He said it’s clear the chain was listening to its customers and, “That’s what good businesses do.”