Southern Oregon man takes on two big stores in discrimination lawsuit

Southern Oregon man takes on two big stores in discrimination lawsuit

In his lawsuit, Tyler Watson claims the retailers' policies that prohibit selling firearms to those younger than 21 amounts to age discrimination, OregonLive reported.

The massacre of 17 students and faculty at a Parkland, Fla., high school last month and the wave of student activism that followed have spurred a host of companies to action - and in a way so swift and sure that the public sector can never match. According to the lawsuit, Watson was denied the sale because he was under 21.

This was only days before Dick's Sporting Goods announced on February 28, it would end the sale of all assault-style rifles and high capacity magazines - in addition to raising the gun purchase age limit to 21 years old. Whittington claims Watson now owns a few guns and is not involved in any movement organized against companies who have restricted their gun policies in the past month.

Orvis, meanwhile, is focused on shotguns and gear for bird hunting and clay-pigeon shooting.

Each company said their decision comes in reaction to the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.

"Whether Walmart or other stores can come up with some defense that's going to be specifically related to the sale of guns is another question", Tuomala said.

The retailers imposing age limits for firearms purchases would be well-advised to wait for Congress or state legislatures to pass laws allowing such limits.

Watson's suit claims Dick's and Walmart are "unlawfully discriminating against 18-, 19-, and 20-year-old customers".

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In a statement, a spokesman said Walmart would respond in court when it received the lawsuit.

Without commenting on the merits of Watson's lawsuits, Commissioner Brad Avakian said state law now only allows for age-related exemptions for alcohol and marijuana sales.

American International Group Inc. lessened its stake in Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) by 1.1% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC.

Under federal law, 21 is the legal age to purchase a handgun. The two stores both changed their gun policies in an effort to help the cause of adopting stricter gun laws.

Fulton's attorney says that the teen would have passed a federal background check, which legally qualifies him to buy a rifle in MI.

According to the suit, Watson wants the state of OR to force these stores to do business with him and to "stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20-year-old customers at all OR locations". Someone raises the question: What if there's another mass shooting, and it turns out the killer bought his semiautomatic rifle at one of our stores? Watson is also seeking punitive damages "because of the willful nature of the discrimination" and to cover his attorney fees.

The outlet points out that it's unclear if Watson knew about the policy prior to his attempted purchase, as Dick's did not publicly announce the change until February 28-the same day Walmart announced its new age restrictions for firearm sales.

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