Residents have mixed feelings on gun sale rules

08 March, 2018, 03:48 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • Dick's Sporting Goods has announced it is ending sales of assault-style rifles and banning the sale of guns to people younger than 21

"By denying Plaintiff the sale of a rifle and/or ammunition for a rifle based on Plaintiff's age, Defendant has committed illegal age discrimination in public accommodations in violation of ORS 659A.403", says the suit, filed Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court in Oregon.

American International Group Inc. lessened its stake in Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) by 1.1% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC.

The complaints came less than a week after the companies publicly revealed plans to tighten their firearm sales policies in response to last month's attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods has announced that they will no longer sell "assault" type rifles, ostensibly because the Florida school shooter once bought a gun from Dick's.

According to the lawsuit, Watson attempted to purchase a rifle at a Medford Field & Stream, which is owned by Dick's. Employees at both stores told Watson he could not purchase firearms because of his age.

"He was really just trying to buy a rifle", Whittington told The Oregonian.

Walmart and Dick's also increased the minimum purchasing age to 21.

Federal law already prohibits federally licensed gun dealers from selling rifles and shotguns to people under the age of 18 and handguns to people under the age of 21.

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Watson claims he encountered age discrimination when he tried to buy a.22-caliber Ruger rifle on February 24 in Medford at Field & Stream, which is owned by Dick's Sporting Goods.

Watson is asking judges in the two counties to stop Dick's and Walmart from "unlawfully discriminating against 18-, 19-, and 20 year-old customers" at their OR stores. He also is asking for unspecified punitive damages.

Attorney Joshua Prince similarly warns that age-based policies adopted by merchants in gun sales could run afoul of discrimination laws in Pennsylvania while legal analyst Colin Kalmbacher at Law and Crime points out that as many as 19 states and jurisdictions have enshrined protections against unlawfully discriminating against customers based on age. Seventeen people were killed and 14 were injured by 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz, police say.

The lawsuit further alleges that Walmart unlawfully advertised its "discriminatory policies" by issuing a press release on February 28 announcing the change.

It's that background that led to his belief that 18-year-olds are capable of making the decision to purchase their own gun.

The lawsuit comes as the debate about gun control heats up on Capitol Hill and the "March for Our Lives" movement gains momentum nationwide.

"We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it", the spokesman, Randy Hargrove, said.

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