Monday, 23 July, 2018

Kroger announces plans to phase out magazines that feature assault rifles

Fred Meyer phases out the sale of firearms and ammunition Kroger Subsidiary Fred Meyer Ending Firearm, Ammunition Sales
Laurie Berry | 20 March, 2018, 10:29

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

Earlier this month, Kroger said its Fred Meyer stores would stop selling guns to anyone under 21, even though the law permits the sale of rifles to anyone 18 or older. The company said it "has made a business decision" to stop selling guns due to weak sales and did not reference any shooting as a catalyst for its exit.

The company in a statement says the firearms category represents about $7 million annually of its revenue and sales are declining.

The company said it made the decision last week "after evaluating changing customer preferences" and also "softening consumer demand" for guns for the last several years.

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The retailer, which stopped selling assault-style rifles in its Fred Meyer stores several years ago, on March 1 announced it would no longer sell guns to those under 21, saying "recent events demonstrate the need for additional action".

"A Kroger spokesperson confirmed to CNN on Friday that it would no longer sell "... magazines about assault rifles ...", according to the news network's website. Competitors Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods enacted similar changes.

Among some 12 gun magazines being sold at a Cincinnati-area Kroger on Monday was a publication called AR-15, which features the same kind of assault-style rifle used in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, reported WLWT5-TV.

One shopper was surprised Kroger even had a selection of magazines with articles on assault-style rifles.

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