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US 20-year-old sues Dick's, Walmart over new gun policies

15:40  06 march  2018
15:40  06 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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This 20 - year - old is suing . It’s unclear how effective the new Walmart and Dick ’ s policies will be in curbing gun violence. Dick ’ s , for example, represents only a small fraction of the approximately 64,000 licensed gun stores registered with the federal government.

20 - year - old sues Dick ’ s Sporting Goods, Walmart over new gun policies . Tyler Watson filed Oregon county court lawsuits against the retailers on Monday, six days after they announced they would not sell guns to buyers under 21.The companies added the higher age restriction after the massacre

FILE - This Thursday, March 1, 2018, file photo shows a Dick's Sporting Goods sign at one of their stores. A 20-year-old man in southern Oregon has filed a lawsuit against Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart after he says they refused to sell him a rifle. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Thursday, March 1, 2018, file photo shows a Dick's Sporting Goods sign at one of their stores. A 20-year-old man in southern Oregon has filed a lawsuit against Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart after he says they refused to sell him a rifle. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon man filed suits Monday claiming Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart discriminated against the 20-year-old when they refused to sell him a rifle.

Dick's and Walmart restricted gun sales to adults 21 and older in the wake of the Florida high school massacre. The 19-year-old accused in the school slaying bought the AR-15 used in the attack legally.

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A 20 - year - old Oregon man is suing Walmart and Dick ' s Sporting Goods for discriminating against him because of his age, after an employee Watson says he was also refused when he attempted to buy a gun at Walmart . Dick ' s and Walmart restricted gun sales after the Florida high school massacre.

Last week, Dick ' s restricted gun sales to adults 21 and older at its Field & Stream stores in the wake of the Florida high school massacre. The lawsuit is believed to be the first filed over the new gun policies enacted on Feb. 28. A 20 - year - old man in southern Oregon filed a lawsuit Monday against

Oregon law allows residents to buy shotguns or rifles starting at age 18.

Tyler Watson's lawsuits filed against the retailers in two separate counties claim he faced age discrimination from Dick's and Walmart, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported . The lawsuit is believed to be the first filed over the new gun policies enacted on Feb. 28.

The lawsuit claims a store owned by Dick's Sporting Goods in Medford, Oregon, refused to sell Watson .22-caliber Ruger rifle on Feb. 24. The suit says Grants Pass Walmart in Oregon refused to sell him a gun on March 3.

It's not clear if Watson knew at that point of the restrictions.

"He was really just trying to buy a rifle," said his attorney Max Whittington.

Watson is asking judges to force Dick's and Walmart "to stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20 year-old customers at all Oregon locations." Additionally, he is asking for unspecified punitive damages.

Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said the retailer plans to defend the new policy.

"We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it," he said. "While we haven't seen the complaint, we will respond as appropriate with the court."

A representative from Dick's hasn't responded to a request for comment.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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