[Ed. – Age discrimination]
On Monday, the Oregonian reported that 20-year-old Tyler Watson has filed a lawsuit against Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, claiming that both national retailers refused to sell him a rifle because of his age — even though Oregon law says he is old enough to purchase a long gun.
His attorney, Max Whittington, says it could be the first of its kind.
According to the Oregonian:
Watson claims he encountered age discrimination when he tried to buy a .22-caliber Ruger rifle on Feb. 24 in Medford at Field & Stream, which is owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods.
That was four days before the retailer announced that it wouldn’t sell guns to anyone under 21 in the wake of a 19-year-old gunman’s rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that killed 17 people on Feb. 14.
Walmart made a similar nationwide announcement the same day as Dick’s.
Watson, who lives in Gold Hill, isn’t part of an organized movement against retailers that have tightened policies on gun sales, Whittington said.