Fear & Loading: Kroger Ditching Gun Magazines

Fear & Loading: Kroger Ditching Gun Magazines

After recently imposing restrictions on the sale of firearms, ammunition and assault rifle-themed publications, Kroger (KR) has chose to stop selling guns altogether.

Fred Meyer reportedly has 130 stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

That decision came after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.

This move comes weeks after the Cincinnati-based retailer announced plans to stop gun and ammo sales at 46 subsidiary Fred Meyer stores to those under 21. Kroger-branded stores do not carry firearms, and guns were still being sold at only 43 of Kroger's Fred Meyer locations, a company spokesperson emailed.

'We made the decision early last week after evaluating changing customer preferences and the fact that we've been steadily reducing this category in our Fred Meyer stores over the last several years due to softening consumer demand, ' the company said. More recently Fred Meyer has been transitioning away from gun departments as a result of the ongoing work to optimize space in Fred Meyer stores.

Kroger confirmed that it will now stop selling assault rifle-themed publications, while noting it would continue to sell other gun magazines.

Fred Meyer's statement did not mention the Parkland massacre. Dick's said it will no longer sell assault-style rifles and hiked its minimum purchase age for firearms to 21.

The grocery retailer announced it would stop selling magazines about modern sporting rifles.

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