A 20-year old Oregon man just filed suit against both Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart for refusing to sell him a rifle. He’s claiming age discrimination since the law in Oregon still allows people as young as 18 to buy a rifle or shotgun. The two companies changed their policy for buying guns after the Parkland high school shooting. The knee jerk reaction to change policy could open them up to lawsuits like the one in Oregon. Who didn’t see this coming?
THE GUN DISCUSSION SINCE PARKLAND HAS BEEN DEVOID OF COMMON SENSE
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Tyler Watson’s lawsuits filed against the retailers in two separate counties claim he faced age discrimination from Dick’s and Walmart. The lawsuit is believed to be the first filed over the new gun policies enacted on Feb. 28.
The lawsuit claims a store owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods in Medford, Oregon, refused to sell Watson .22-caliber Ruger rifle on Feb. 24. The suit says Grants Pass Walmart in Oregon refused to sell him a gun on March 3.
It’s not clear if Watson knew at that point of the restrictions.
“He was really just trying to buy a rifle,” said his attorney Max Whittington.
Watson is asking judges to force Dick’s and Walmart “to stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20 year-old customers at all Oregon locations.” Additionally, he is asking for unspecified punitive damages.
Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said the retailer plans to defend the new policy.
“We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it,” he said. “While we haven’t seen the complaint, we will respond as appropriate with the court.”
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