You can add Kroger and L.L. Bean to the growing list of companies revising their gun age requirement after Parkland; both will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to anybody under 21.
Kroger, a supermarket chain, sells firearms and ammo at 45 of its Fred Meyer locations around the country. The company says it stopped selling “assault-style” rifles years ago, but they were still available on special order in Alaska locations. That special order option is now ending, too. Read Kroger’s full statement below.
Kroger’s vision is to serve America through food inspiration and uplift. In response to the tragic events in Parkland and elsewhere, we’ve taken a hard look at our policies and procedures for firearm sales.
We follow all state and local laws regulating the sales of sporting-related firearms at our select general-merchandise Fred Meyer stores.
Recent events demonstrate the need for additional action on the part of responsible gun retailers. We are raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase firearms and ammunition in all of our Fred Meyer locations that sell firearms. We stopped selling assault-style rifles in our Oregon, Washington and Idaho Fred Meyer stores several years ago and we will no longer accept any special-orders of these weapons in Alaska. Through Restock Kroger, we have a robust space optimization effort underway in many of our stores, including Fred Meyer locations. As we refresh stores we are often transitioning gun departments due to softer demand and changing customer preferences.
We believe these are common sense steps we can take immediately that are in line with our values and our vision.
L.L. Bean Raises Gun Age Requirement
Meanwhile, L.L. Bean announced in a tweet—see below—that it would also no longer sell guns to anybody under the age of 21. The company only sells firearms at its flagship store in Freeport, Maine. As CNNMoney notes, L.L. Bean also doesn’t sell hunting rifles or ammo on its website, but certain accessories like rifle bags are available online.
In the wake of this shooting we have reviewed our policy on firearm sales, and we will no longer be selling guns or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21. ^kw
— L.L.Bean (@LLBean) March 2, 2018
Earlier this week, both Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart announced they would raise the age requirement to 21 for those buying guns in their stores.