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Kroger is the third major company to place restrictions on gun sales, raising the minimum purchasing age to 21.

The announcement follows the calls of Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods yesterday to limit gun and ammunition sales to buyers under 21.

Kroger owns Fred Meyer, the largest grocery chain in the nation, and sells guns in 44 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

In this June 15, 2017, photo, a person exits a Kroger grocery store in Flowood, Miss. Kroger said Thursday, March 1, that it's raising the minimum age to buy firearms and ammunition at all Fred Meyers stores to 21 years old, a day after Dick's and Walmart announced similar moves. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

In this June 15, 2017, photo, a person exits a Kroger grocery store in Flowood, Miss. Kroger said Thursday, March 1, that it's raising the minimum age to buy firearms and ammunition at all Fred Meyers stores to 21 years old, a day after Dick's and Walmart announced similar moves. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The grocery company released a statement saying their gun reform was in response to the devastating murder of 14 students and 3 staffers at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

On Thursday the company say that in response to the Florida school shooting, gun retailers are responsible to take action. 

Kroger said it will raise the gun-purchasing age to 21, which will be reinforced with background checks, and end special orders for assault-style guns in Alaska. 

'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,' the company said in a statement.

'We have a thorough and vigilant background check process for the sale of sporting-related firearms at our select general-merchandise Fred Meyer stores. In addition, firearms are sold only by designated associates that go through rigorous training and federal background checks,' the statement said. 

'We are raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase firearms and ammunition in all of our Fred Meyer locations that sell firearms,' the statement said.  

Kroger also stopped selling assault-style rifles in Oregon, Washington and Idaho Fred Meyer locations years ago and announced it will no longer accept special orders of the spoken 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,' the statement said.

'We believe these are common sense steps we can take immediately that are in line with our values and our vision,' the statement added.

There are 133 Fred Meyer locations across the nation. 

 'We follow all state and local laws regulating the sales of sporting-related firearms at our select general-merchandise Fred Meyer stores,' spokeswoman Kristal J. Howard said to the New York Times.

'Recent events demonstrate the need for additional action on the part of responsible gun

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