PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man has filed a lawsuit claiming Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart discriminated against him when they refused to sell the 20-year-old a rifle.
Dick's and Walmart restricted gun sales to adults 21 and older in the wake of the Feb. 14 Florida high school massacre. The 19-year-old accused in the school slaying bought the AR-15 used in the attack legally.
Oregon law allows residents to buy shotguns or rifles starting at age 18.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Tyler Watson's lawsuit filed Monday claims he faced age discrimination from Dick's and Walmart. The lawsuit is believed to be the first filed over the new gun policies.
Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove says the retailer will defend its new policy. A representative from Dick's hasn't responded to a request for comment.
The lawsuit documents indicate that Tyler Watson is a Gold Hill resident. The lawsuit against Dick's says, on February 24th this year, Watson tried to buy a .22 caliber Ruger 10/22 rifle in the Field and Stream store in Medford. The lawsuit says he was refused because he was under 21. The lawsuit against Walmart says, on March 3rd this year, Watson tried to buy a rifle from the Walmart in Grants Pass. The lawsuit says he was again denied a sale because he was under 21.
Lawsuit documents says 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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