Man sues Dick's, Walmart over new gun policies

A sign hangs outside of a Dick's Sporting Goods store

A 20-year-old man in southern OR is suing two big stores, claiming each of them discriminated against him when they refused to sell him a rifle. But others say there's room for a challenge.

He said after seeing what happened in Parkland, Florida, the company doesn't "want to be a part of this story", in light of recent events. Mccullar pointed out he could no longer purchase guns from his employer because of his age. "He didn't know about the policy when he went into Field & Stream", Watson's lawyer, Max Whittington told The Oregonian. "They don't have any authority because the statute specifically says you can't as a merchant discriminate against either young people or old people".

Field & Stream, a sporting goods store owned by Dick's, reportedly refused to sell the 20-year-old a weapon on February 24. In any case, this failure to take into account state antidiscrimination laws seemed like an odd business decision. "And I will not work for a company that pushes for the restriction of the Second Amendment". The two retailers said their decisions were a reaction to the mass shooting. The bill, signed into law Monday, forbids people convicted of domestic abuse or under restraining order from owning firearms. Brown's group said the businesses are likely in the clear on legal and constitutional issues.

Walmart also said last week that it would will only sell guns and ammunition to people over 21.

A high school senior in Battle Creek, 18-year-old Triston Fulton visited the Dick's store in Oakland Mall in Troy to buy a rifle but when he showed his ID, he wasn't even allowed to look at a rifle.

Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law, agreed.

Watson is asking for injunctive relief to force Walmart and Dick's to stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20-year-old customers at all OR locations. Federal law bans firearms retailers from selling handguns to anyone under 21 but does allow them to purchase rifles or shotguns.

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.

The letter was dated February 28, the same day Dick's CEO Edward Stack announced that the store would stop selling "assault-style" weapons in all of its stores.

Other hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company.

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