Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Southern Oregon man takes on two big stores in discrimination lawsuit

Southern Oregon man takes on two big stores in discrimination lawsuit

OR state law now allows residents who are 18 and older to purchase shotguns and rifles, which is why Watson claims the new policies are a form of age discrimination.

A 20-year-old Dick's Sporting Goods salesman in North Carolina quit his job the same day the company announced it will stop selling assault-style weapons in all of its stores and that it won't sell guns to anyone under 21.

In recent days both retailers raised the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21 citing the school shooting in Parkland, Florida where Nicholas Cruz killed 17 of his former classmates with a rifle.

"People have been riding the demise of the firearms industry for many years, and the firearms industry is doing quite well", said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president for government and public affairs for the ‎National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group representing gun and ammunition companies.

Last week, Dick's and Walmart announced they would no longer sell guns to anyone under the age of 21.

Tyler Watson, 20, alleges he encountered age discrimination when he tried to purchase a.22-caliber Ruger rifle on February 24 - four days before the companies announced their new policies - at Field & Stream, an outdoors sports store in Medford, Oregon, owned by Dick's.

There could be a challenge related to the Second Amendment right to bear arms if Oregon's law changes, according to Whittington.

In some situations a rifle as simple as a Ruger 10/22 might be the right answer
Ruger 10/22

But he said the spirit of the law would point to 18-year-olds being able to buy rifles in any store that sells them.

Tyler Watson's attorney Max Whittington told The Oregonian that his client's age discrimination suit is the first of its kind to be filed in the country.

Dick's and Walmart restricted gun sales to adults 21 and older in the wake of the Florida high school massacre. This timeframe lending credence to Watson's lawyer's implied claim.

But Silverstein believes Watson has a "good argument" regarding age discrimination in any place of public accommodation in OR because of the state's definitions. He is also suing for an undisclosed amount in damages.

Walter's lawsuit says he was not aware of the new rule put forth by Dicks and Walmart when he faced age discrimination by the employee. He said about one-third of states have laws that ban businesses from discriminating on the basis of age.

DICK'S said in a statement on Friday it respected the views of those who didn't agree with the company's decision. "Once we are served with the complaint, we will respond as appropriate with the court". He was turned away in both cases based on his age and is taking them to court. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias.

More news: After J&K, Karnataka become 2nd state to have separate state flag

Like this: