Fred Meyer to phase out sales of guns and ammunition

Fred Meyer stores plan to stop selling guns and ammunition, the company said in a statement Friday.

The Portland, Oregon-based chain "has made a business decision to exit the firearms category," the statement said. The company didn't offer a timeline for phasing out such items.

"The company made the decision early last week after evaluating changing customer preferences and the fact that there have already been efforts to steadily reduce this category in Fred Meyer stores over the last several years due to softening consumer demand," the statement said.

Fred Meyer has already been transitioning away from its gun departments to "optimize space" in its stores, the statement said.

Earlier this month, the chain announced it would not sell guns or ammunition to people under 21, citing the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, which left 17 dead.

The firearms category represents about $7 million annually of Fred Meyer's revenue, and sales continue to decline, the company said.

Fred Meyer has 132 stores across Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Annie Zak

Annie Zak was a business reporter for the ADN between 2015 and 2019.