Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the United States, announced Thursday that it is banning gun sales at its Fred Meyer stores to anyone younger than 21, joining other national retailers after a 19-year-old armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle killed 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school last month.
“Kroger’s vision is to serve America through food inspiration and uplift,” the grocery store chain said in its statement. “In response to the tragic events in Parkland and elsewhere, we’ve taken a hard look at our policies and procedures for firearm sales.”
The company, which operates Fred Meyer stores in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, also announced in a statement obtained by CNBC that it will no longer sell ammunition to anyone under the age of 21.
“We believe these are common sense steps we can take immediately that are in line with our values and our vision,” Kroger said.
The move comes after the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, announced Wednesday it would no longer sell guns and ammunition to those under 21 years of age. It also pledged to remove items “resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys” from its website.
Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods retailers, also announced this week that it was ending the sales of assault-style rifles.