Oregon Man Sues Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart Over New Gun Policies

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.

Posted: Aug. 27, 2018 5:37 PM
Updated: Aug. 27, 2018 10:23 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.- Today a Jackson County judge ruled a local 20-year-old's lawsuit against Dick's Sporting Good's gun policy will head to trial this November.

Judge Ron Grensky struck down Tyler Watson's attorney's request for a summary judgement. That summary judgement could have brought down the sporting goods giant in one fell swoop.

Court documents indicate that Tyler Watson is a Gold Hill resident. The lawsuit against Dick's claims that on February 24th of 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 the age of 21.

The lawsuit against Walmart claims that 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 claim that Watson wants both Dick's and Walmart to, "stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20 year-old customers at all Oregon locations."

Read lawsuits against Dick's and Walmart.

This article was originally published in March of 2018. It has been returned to the top of our website in advance of new developments in the court case.

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.

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