Southern Oregon man takes on two big stores in discrimination lawsuit

A 20-year-old man is southern Oregon is suing Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart because they wouldn't sell him a rifle.

Posted: Mar 6, 2018 3:54 PM

SOUTHERN OREGON - A 20-year-old man in southern Oregon is suing two big stores, claiming each of them discriminated against him when they refused to sell him a rifle.

Oregon law allows residents 18 and older to buy shotguns or rifles.

Lawsuit against Dick's Sporting Goods dba Field and Stream

Lawsuit against Walmart

Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart restricted gun sales to people 21 and older following the Florida school shooting in February. Officials said the 19-year-old suspect legally bought the AR-15 he used in the slaying.

On March 5, Tyler Watson filed the lawsuits. In each lawsuit, Watson claims he was discriminated against based on his age.

The lawsuit against Dick's Sporting Goods states that Watson, tried to but a .22 caliber Ruger 10/22 rifle in the Field and Stream store in Medford on Feb. 24, 2017, but store employees refused to sell it to him because he was younger than 21.

Dick's Sporting Goods has not released a statement regarding the lawsuit.

The lawsuit against Walmart states that employees at the Grants Pass store also refused to sell Watson a rifle on March 3rd 2018. According to the lawsuit, Watson was denied the sale because he was under 21.

A Walmart spokesman said the retailer will defend its new policy to only sell firearms to those 21 and older.

According to the documents, Watson wants both Dick's and Walmart to, "stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20-year-old customers at all Oregon locations."

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