Fred Meyer second large Alaska retailer to change gun-buying age to 21

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - It's a list that's growing by the day in the aftermath of the Florida School Shooting. Fred Meyer joins two other corporate retailers who are putting more limits on the purchase of gun products. Fred Meyer is announced Thursday it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to buyers under the age of 21.

Channel 2 talked to Alaska gun owners to hear their thoughts on the new policies:

"I shoot primarily handguns and I do use rifles for hunting here in Alaska," said Mark Doughman.

Outside the Rabbit Creek Gun Range, Doughman explains that he's been using and firing guns since he was 9 years old. But when it comes to companies like Dick's Sporting Goods, Fred Meyer, and Walmart putting more limits on firearms than the Federal Government he starts to get concerned.

"I do have my reservations about the restrictions, when do they stop?" he asked.

According to a statement from Fred Meyer, they stop at age 21.

"We are raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase firearms and ammunition in all of our Fred Meyer locations that sell firearms," a statement from the company said. "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," it continued.

But will these limits really prevent another mass causality shooting like the one that took place at Stoneman-Douglas High School in Florida? There 17 people were gunned down when a 19-year-old walked onto the campus armed with an AR-15 and began to open fire.

But Doughman says these mass shooting are only evidence that it's not the product, but the person and their state of mind that pose the threat to society.

"It's not the classification of a weapon if it's not guns or ammunition, it's going to be a baseball bat, it's going to be a knife," Doughman said.

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