Fred Meyer to stop selling firearms

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Fred Meyer has announced it will stop selling firearms and ammunition and that it is currently working on plans to responsibly phase out their sale in the future.

Jeffery Temple, a public affairs spokesperson for the chain, did not announce a timeline for the phase out but he said there had been "softening consumer demand" over the last several years for firearms. Temple said "the firearms category represents about $7 million annually of Fred Meyer's revenue - and sales continue to decline."

"Fred Meyer has been transitioning away from gun departments as a result of the ongoing work to optimize space in Fred Meyer stores," wrote Temple.

The decision comes only two weeks after Fred Meyer announced that it would no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people under the age of 21. Other stores, such as L.L. Bean, Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart, have also raised age limits on certain firearms purchases earlier this month.