Fred Meyer joins Walmart to halt sales of guns and ammunition to buyers under 21

The dwindling gun section at Fred Meyer after the retailer announced it would no longer sell guns or ammo to buyers under 21 on March 1, 2018. It later announced that it would cease selling firearms altogether.

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.”)

Walmart announced a similar age restriction for its stores on Wednesday.

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2 Comments on "Fred Meyer joins Walmart to halt sales of guns and ammunition to buyers under 21"

  1. Seth Shacklett | March 1, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Reply

    no such thing as ” assault style”

    and a true Assault Rifle is de facto banned through NFA 1934, GCO 1968, and FOPA 1986 and neither Fred Meyer nor Walmart have EVER sold them.

  2. In addition to the question asked above, I would like your thoughts on legal issues of the modern ammunition. Does the use of these better” human stoppers have any impact on prosecutors, judges, and juries when a person has had to defend himself/herself, and used the rounds. Do they tend to carry a you just wanted to kill” tag, or cruel”, or not necessary as (such and such works), and all the other tactics used by Civilian Disarmament and anti-self-defense proponents to convict those that have had to defend themselves from people threatening the person”s life. To me, a higher risk, unless truly tiny, of successful legal action against a person using the ammunition in today”s society, is definitely a factor. Yes, I want to stop an aggressor as quickly as possible, but if I am going to spend the rest of my life in jail for murder, just because I used a specific round of ammunition, I am not sure it is worth it, as, while the ammunition is more effective, without doubt, even FMJ will work, most of the time, given the same level of training, a reliable pistol with good capacity, and decent shot placement (which comes from training and proper selection of the handgun for the individual). I value my life as much as everyone, but the idea of life in prison for murder, simply due to a warped society”s unreasonable beliefs about guns and self-defense, are terrifying, and something I doubt I would survive for any length of time. Just my opinion. Jerry D Young

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