Fred Meyer to phase out firearms sales
Fred Meyer officials have made a “business decision” to stop selling guns and ammunition, just weeks after the department-store chain tightened age restrictions on gun sales in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting in Florida.
The announcement arrived Friday night, amid what company officials described as roughly $7 million in annual firearms sales across 132 Pacific Northwest and Alaska stores – and figures in the category which “continue to decline.”
“The company is currently working on plans to responsibly phase out sales of firearms and ammunition,” Fred Meyer officials wrote. “The company made the decision early last week after evaluating changing customer preferences and the fact that there have already been efforts to steadily reduce this category in Fred Meyer stores over the last several years due to softening consumer demand.”
About two weeks ago Fred Meyer’s parent corporation, Kroger, announced plans to increase its minimum age for purchasing guns and ammunition from 18 to 21.
Walmart has also increased minimum ages for gun purchases to 21, a move echoed by Florida lawmakers in the wake of the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting which left 17 people dead. The National Rifle Association has challenged the Florida law as an unconstitutional restriction on the Second Amendment.
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