Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle

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Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle

Post by Ken0069 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:08 pm

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Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle
Mar 06, 2018
A 20-year-old Oregonian is suing Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart after their stores refused to sell him a rifle on the basis of his age.

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. The lawsuit argues that Dick’s and Walmart’s new age-based gun purchase restrictions violate state laws banning discrimination in “places of public accommodation”.
Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, all persons within the jurisdiction of this state are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodation, without any distinction, discrimination or restriction on account of race, color, religion, [Blank Post], sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or age if the individual is of age, as described in this section, or older.
The exceptions to the law in subsection two specifically set apart alcohol and marijuana sales, which can be age-restricted because of state laws. The law does not mention gun sales as an exception.

Similar to most other states’ gun buying policies, Oregon allows residents who are 18 years of age or older to purchase rifles and shotguns.

Last Wednesday, Dick’s Sporting Goods launched a national media campaign to pressure Congress to pass a wide-ranging list of highly restrictive gun control laws. Among other proposals, Dick’s called for completely banning “assault-style firearms” and “high-capacity magazines,” closing the “gun show loophole,” and raising the minimum federal gun buying age to 21. At the same time, Dick’s also announced that they would be complying with their gun control proposals in their own stores from then on.

On the same day, Walmart made a similar statement to Dick’s announcing restrictions on its sales of both actual firearms and airsoft toy guns. Importantly for this case, Walmart followed Dick’s lead in implementing a nationwide minimum gun purchasing age of 21 in its stores (Walmart has already had a self-imposed “assault weapons” ban since 2015).

According to Watson’s lawsuit, on February 24th, he walked into one of Dick’s stores with the intention of buying a Ruger .22 caliber rifle, but was prevented from purchasing the gun because he was only 20 years old. On the same day, Watson went to a Walmart store to try purchasing a gun again, but they refused him service too.

Strangely, Watson tried to make these purchases four days before Dick’s public gun control push and Walmart’s announcement, but the large chain stores’ policies were already apparently in effect.

Walmart told The Oregonian that it will defend its age limits on buying guns in court:
Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Monday that the retailer will defend its new policy.

“In light of recent events, we reviewed our policy on firearm sales,” Hargrove said in an emailed statement. “As a result, we raised the age restriction for the purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age. We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it. While we haven’t seen the complaint, we will respond as appropriate with the court.”

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Re: Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle

Post by RevTheory » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:17 pm

The stores do have the right to decide, don't they? Does the guy actually have a case?

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Post by engineczar » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:18 pm

It will be interesting to see if this goes anywhere. If there is no specific state law ( 10th amendment) dictated by age then his constitutional rights are being violated along the same lines as the baker refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding.

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Re: Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle

Post by dirtracr5 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:19 pm

IMO the stores have the right to refuse. Thats what makes this a free country. The prosecution will have to prove harm which will be impossible IMO because he could go elsewhere to buy a gun.

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Re: Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle

Post by engineczar » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:30 pm

dirtracr5 wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:19 pm
IMO the stores have the right to refuse. Thats what makes this a free country. The prosecution will have to prove harm which will be impossible IMO because he could go elsewhere to buy a gun.
Not to hijack the thread but does the Baker get to refuse the gay couple a custom cake?

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Re: Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle

Post by dirtracr5 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:31 pm

engineczar wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:30 pm
Not to hijack the thread but does the Baker get to refuse the gay couple a custom cake?
Yep.

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Re: Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle

Post by engineczar » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:37 pm

dirtracr5 wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:31 pm
engineczar wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:30 pm
Not to hijack the thread but does the Baker get to refuse the gay couple a custom cake?
Yep.
Thanks for the response.

Like I said it will be interesting to see where this goes if anywhere.

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Re: Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle

Post by RevTheory » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:12 pm

This is one of those deals where you can't have your cake and eat it too :D

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Re: Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle

Post by sanfordandson » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:12 pm

engineczar wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:37 pm
Like I said it will be interesting to see where this goes if anywhere.
Wont even go to court I bet.

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Re: Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle

Post by engineczar » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:13 am

sanfordandson wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:12 pm
Wont even go to court I bet.
Well it's been filed.

https://reason.com/assets/db/15203198626160.pdf

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Re: Oregon Man Suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart For Refusing to Sell Him a Rifle

Post by woody b » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:18 am

RevTheory wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:12 pm
This is one of those deals where you can't have your cake and eat it too :D
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