Kroger Stops Sales of Firearms to Buyers Under 21


Well, like we said, we kind of expected more news like this, but didn’t necessarily expect to see grocery stores start hopping on board . . .

That’s right, the grocery store chain Kroger Co. has now announced they will no longer continue sales of firearms to anyone under the age of 21 years old at its Fred Meyer locations. 

This is the latest news in companies raising the federal age limit for purchasing firearms in their stores.

According to CNBC, here’s a statement released by Kroger:

Kroger’s vision is to serve America through food inspiration and uplift. In response to the tragic events in Parkland and elsewhere, we’ve taken a hard look at our policies and procedures for firearm sales.

We follow all state and local laws regulating the sales of sporting-related firearms at our select general-merchandise Fred Meyer stores.

Recent events demonstrate the need for additional action on the part of responsible gun retailers. We are raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase firearms and ammunition in all of our Fred Meyer locations that sell firearms. We stopped selling assault-style rifles in our Oregon, Washington and Idaho Fred Meyer stores several years ago and we will no longer accept any special-orders of these weapons in Alaska. Through Restock Kroger, we have a robust space optimization effort underway in many of our stores, including Fred Meyer locations. As we refresh stores we are often transitioning gun departments due to softer demand and changing customer preferences.

We believe these are common sense steps we can take immediately that are in line with our values and our vision.

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