Kroger's Fred Meyer stores to 'phase out' all guns

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Dick's said it will no longer sell assault-style rifles and hiked its minimum purchase age for firearms to 21.

Its chain of Fred Meyer general merchandise stores, with 132 locations in five states, recently announced it would no longer sell firearms to anyone younger than 21, but quickly escalated with a policy to no longer sell ammunition and firearms. The company is now working on plans to responsibly phase out sales of firearms and ammunition.

"Fred Meyer has made a business decision to exit the firearms category", the Portland, Oregon-based company said in a statement. 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.

This followed a decision by Dick's Sporting Goods Chief Executive Officer Edward Stack to stopping selling what he called "assault-style rifles" and high capacity magazines after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

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"The company is now working on plans to responsibly phase out sales of firearms and ammunition", Fred Meyer said in a statement. It was the first major chain in America to stop selling guns.

In its release Friday, the company did not give a timeline for when stores would stop selling firearms.

The superstore has been selling guns and ammo at roughly 45 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. 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.

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