Alaska’s most widespread big box retailers have announced they will no longer sell guns and ammunition to buyers under 21.
Fred Meyer parent company Kroger Inc., announced today in light of the Parkland shooting that left 17 teachers and students dead that it would halt such sales. Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods made a similar announcements earlier this week.
“In response to the tragic events in Parkland and elsewhere, we’ve taken a hard look at our policies and procedures for firearm sales,” said a statement posted to Kroger’s Twitter account. “Recent events demonstrate the need for additional action on the part of responsible gun retailers.”
The changes, according to the Kroger statement, include:
- Raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase firearms and ammunition in all our Fred Meyer locations that sell firearms.
- Will no longer accept any special-orders of assault-style weapons in Alaska (Fred Meyer stopped selling such firearms in Oregon, Washington and Idaho “several years ago.”)
Policy Update: Firearm Sales pic.twitter.com/v7qwaMgcQJ
— Kroger News (@KrogerNews) March 1, 2018
Walmart announced a similar age restriction for its stores on Wednesday.