20-year old suing Dick's, Walmart for refusing to sell him rifle


Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart have restricted gun sales to adults 21 and older in response to the massacre, but the companies are now facing a discrimination lawsuit from a 20-year-old man in OR after he was refused the selling of a rifle, according to NBC News.

"They [sellers] can't set their own age limit because the statute has already done that", Hargreaves said.

"We at Dick's Sporting Goods are deeply disturbed and saddened by the tragic events in Parkland", Stack's letter stated.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc is an omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an assortment of sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories in its specialty retail stores primarily in the eastern United States. Dick's Sporting Goods also announced it would no longer be selling so-called semi-automatic "assault rifles". "Given Oregon is a more liberal state, it's not that shocking that these laws would be really broad there".

Max Whittington, Watson's attorney in the OR lawsuits, said they may be the first of their kind filed in the country.

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Watson is asking judges to force the retailers "to stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20 year-old customers at all OR locations".

Watson is seeking punitive damages and attorney's fees in both cases.

Last Wednesday, Dick's Sporting Goods launched a national media campaign to pressure Congress to pass a wide-ranging list of highly restrictive gun control laws.

A Walmart spokesman said the retailer will defend its new policy to only sell firearms to those 21 and older.

Jim Hargreaves, a retired county judge in the state, told Willamette Week that OR law states that as long as a person is an adult, they can't be refused something based on age that's ordinarily available to other adults.

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18 states, which includes Virginia, and Washington, D.C., prohibit age-based discrimination in areas of public accommodation, which includes retail stores. (NYSE:DKS), 16 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 18 Hold.

The U.S. House of Representatives is planning to consider a school safety bill next week, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. 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.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has sponsored a similar bill in the Senate, but no votes on gun bills are scheduled.

"I think we are settling on a considerable measure of silly choices and we have to do the exploration rather than trying to say it's the weapons causing the issue", said Brandon Oatts, who lives in Leon County. It's political posturing. It's not about getting a result. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 543,300 shares of the sporting goods retailer's stock valued at $14,903,000 after purchasing an additional 391,000 shares during the last quarter.

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