Walmart and Dick’s sporting goods have both decided to cave to left-wing media pressure and rolled out new policies that change the age to purchase firearms in their stores from 18 to 21. The new policies have quickly come under fire from many second amendment supports and have recently been hit with a lawsuit.
In the state of Oregon, the wrong 20-year-old got denied his Second Amendment rights under the new store policy. He’s taking a stand for his second amendment rights, but taking the retail giant to court.
The Oregonian reports:
“Watson claims he encountered age discrimination when he tried to buy a .22-caliber Ruger rifle on Feb. 24 in Medford at Field & Stream, which is owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods. That was four days before the retailer announced that it wouldn’t sell guns to anyone under 21.”
His lawyers are claiming age discrimination and insist their client had no knowledge of the impending policies. Its also worth noting that in Oregon “Oregon law allows residents to buy shotguns or rifles starting at age 18. Watson’s lawsuit says that Dick’s and Walmart’s policies violate Oregon statutes protecting residents against discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation or age, among other things. The law specifically says that the state can ban the sale of alcohol or marijuana to minors but doesn’t mention guns.”
Watson will have his day in court and the case should be very interesting to follow.
Oregon has a track-record of discriminatory lawsuits. They made headlines when a gay couple sued a Christian bakery for refusing to bake a wedding cake, even though the bakery rightfully claimed it was against their religious beliefs.
Considering that Oregon law specifically permits the sale of long-guns to anyone over 18, Watson’s case should be a slam dunk — with Walmart and Dick’s clearly violating his Second Amendment rights.