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03/01/2018

Kroger, Walmart join Dick’s, stop selling guns to buyers under 21

Two more retailers have joined Dick’s Sporting Goods in putting age restrictions on gun sales.

Kroger Co. said it would stop selling guns and ammunition to buyers who under 21 years old. Kroger sells firearms through its Fred Meyer division, which has 46 stores spread across five Western states.

In a statement, the company said that “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 are raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase firearms and ammunition in all of our Fred Meyer locations that sell firearms,” Kroger stated. “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.”

Kroger made its announcement on the heels of a statement by Walmart that it was updating its firearms policy “in light on recent events. The discounter noted that it ended sales of modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15, in 2015, and also does not sell handguns (except in Alaska), sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories.

“Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age,” Walmart said. “We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change.”

In addition, Walmart said is removing items from its website that resemble assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.