Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Kroger hardens stance on guns

Kroger hardens stance on guns

Kroger halted sales of guns and ammo at its Fred Meyer chain to customers under 21.

The Portland-based company made the announcement Friday, March 16, saying dropping sales numbers over the past few years have caused the company to rethink stocking firearms or ammunition. A 20-year-old OR man filed lawsuits this month against Dick's and Walmart, claiming both discriminated against him when refusing to sell him a rifle.

After recently moving to restrict sales of firearms and ammunition to those 21 and older, Kroger (KR) is pulling publications that focus on assault-style rifles from store shelves.

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Fred Meyer said it will stop selling guns and ammunition.

That decision came after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead. Owner, John Staser said he was surprised by the Fred Meyer decision and doesn't think it's necessarily the right one for Alaskans.

Grace is also suing Bi-Mart for a similar incident.

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Grace sued for "unlawful age discrimination".

Annual gun sales at Fred Meyer are $7 million and "continue to decline", according to the company.

The company, a subsidiary of Cincinnati, Ohio, -based Kroger Co., didn't give a timeline in the statement.

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CNN reports that the decision was made "after evaluating changing customer preferences" as well as "softening consumer demand" for guns over the past several years. "More recently we have been transitioning away from gun departments as a result of our ongoing work to optimize space in our Fred Meyer stores".

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