Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

20-Year-Old Sues Dick's And Walmart Over New Gun Policies

20-Year-Old Sues Dick's And Walmart Over New Gun Policies

A 20-year-old OR resident has filed discrimination lawsuits against Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods after they allegedly refused to sell him a rifle.

The new gun policy changes come from the aftermath of the school shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in February, which left 17 people dead.

Field and Stream store is owned and operated by Dick's Sporting Goods, which announced February 28 they were restricting the sale of guns to anyone younger than 21 years of age and ending the sale of assault-style firearms.

Some states such as OR, where Watson filed lawsuits against the retailers, provide protection for people 18 OR older, while federal law protects those 40 OR older.

"Dick's corporate policy is not to sell to anyone under 21 years of age, even though MI allows for anyone over 18 year to purchase a firearm", said James Makowski.

Tyler Watson, a 20-year-old from Gold Hill, Oregon, alleged in lawsuits filed separately against both retailers that they discriminated against him based on his age when they refused to sell him firearms. "We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it".

In a statement, a spokesman said Walmart would respond in court when it received the lawsuit. Representatives from Dick's haven't given a response to media requests. In each lawsuit, Watson claims he was discriminated against based on his age.

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The retailer has a store located at 618 Commons Drive, Geneva. A "place of public accommodation", Hargreaves says, is broadly defined as including "Any place. offering to the public accommodations, advantages, facilities or privileges whether in the nature of goods, services, lodgings, amusements, transportation or otherwise".

While federal regulators advise licensed gun dealers they can, and should, exercise their right to refuse potentially unlawful firearms transactions, Watson is taking the big box stores to court over Oregon's discrimination statutes where the case may hold some legal water.

OR law states that residents over the age of 18 can purchase shotguns or rifles.

Watson is asking judges to force both companies to "stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20 year-old customers at all OR locations". OR only restricts anyone, 20 and under, from buying alcohol and marijuana [VIDEO]. Adding to it, he has also charged them with certain unspecified punitive charges.

Fulton's attorney says that the teen would have passed a federal background check, which legally qualifies him to buy a rifle in MI. He said there is much more that should be done to prevent school shootings, such as expanding and improving background checks and increasing mental health funding.

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