On Monday, a 20-year-old man from Oregon filled two separate lawsuits against Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods, after the companies changed their age policies. The man claims that the change of policy violates his right to buy a firearm guaranteed under state law.
Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart Blames Florida Shooter for Policy Change
Tyler Watson, a 20-year-old Oregon resident, has filed a former complaint against firearm-selling stores Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods. According to the man’s attorney, the man was denied, on two separate occasions the right to purchase a weapon from the above-mentioned stores, the sales representatives citing CEO’s decision of raising purchase age of all weapons to 21.
The man declared via his attorney that Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods are violating his right of purchasing a firearm, a privilege guaranteed under state law.
Following the Florida school shooting, many weapon retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart have decided to radically change the purchase policy. Furthermore, Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO stated that the change was necessary, as the company does not want to get involved in this sort of event.
Even though Watson’s attorney invoked unlawful age discrimination, the company’s CEO declared that their decision is final and will take matters to a court of law, if the need arises.
During a press interview, Watson declared that under state law, he’s permitted to purchase and own firearms.
According to Watson’s attorney, the Oregon man demands monetary compensations, attorney fees and that the companies to stop discriminating people based on their age.
Watson’s lawsuit came soon after Governor Kate Brown signed the HB4143 bill which cars convicted criminal such as domestic abusers and stalker from buying, using, and owning guns and ammunition. Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO declared that this is the first lawsuit against the company after enforcing the age policy.
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