Amid gun control debate following the deadly Parkland shooting, Kroger Co will now be joining two other major US retailers, announcing it will stop selling firearms and ammunitions to buyers under the age of 21.
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US retailer Kroger said on Thursday it will raise the minimum age for buying firearms and ammunition in its Fred Meyer stores to 21. The company is now joining the two other major retailers that made a similar announcement, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
The company also said it would stop selling assault-style rifles in Alaska after it had previously stopped such sales in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Kroger currently sells firearms in 43 Fred Meyer stores across those states.
17 people were killed in the deadly shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February. Since then, several US companies have announced they would cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA), including banks, airlines and car rental companies.
As previously reported by JOL, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for immediate changes in gun control policy in the country. As well voicing his support of raising the minimum age for firearm purchases, the president also called for conducting stricter background checks and a banning on bump stocks and similar devices that render semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic ones.