20-Year-Old Oregon Man Suing Dick's, Walmart for Not Selling Him a Rifle

Nick Kangadis | March 6, 2018
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Well, that didn’t take long.

While a business certainly has the right to do pretty much what they want with their company, corporate rules don’t supersede actual laws.

A 20-year-old Oregon man has filed lawsuits against Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, claiming that the companies engaged in age discrimination for not selling him a rifle.

According to Fox 32 - Chicago:

Tyler Watson's lawsuits filed against the retailers in two separate counties claim he faced age discrimination from Dick's and Walmart, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. 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.

According to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, “Oregon prohibits any person under age 18 from knowingly possessing a firearm.”

While Watson’s attorney Max Whittington said that his client “was really just trying to buy a rifle,” Walmart is standing firm and doubling-down on their decision to not sell guns to anyone under 21 years of age.

“We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it," Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said. "While we haven't seen the complaint, we will respond as appropriate with the court.”

Considering that a baker can't refuse to bake a cake for gay weddings without being dragged into court and bankrupted, it will be interesting to see how the nation's judicial system handles a company refusing to sell a legal adult American a firearm he can constitutionally possess.

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