Kroger Announces They Will Not Sell Guns to Those Under 21 Years Old

Following the tragic Parkland shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart both announced they would be changing their policy on gun sales by raising the minimum age to 21 years old.

Dick’s explained in a statement that “thoughts and prayers are not enough” and that they are “pretty meaningless if you’re not actually willing to put action behind your faith.”

Walmart even took it further by stating that they “are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.”

Well now, another major gun retailer has made an announcement. Kroger said in a statement that it would no longer sell guns and ammunition to those under the age of 21 years old at their Fred Meyer locations.

“We believe these are common sense steps we can take immediately that are in line with our values and our vision,” the company explained.

Read the full statement:

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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