A teenager in MI is now hauling Dick's Sporting Goods to court for refusing to sell him a rifle after the company autonomously changed its policy in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting massacre. As with Dick's, the Walmart employee at the gun counter allegedly told Watson that rifles and shotguns could not be sold to individuals under the age of 21.
The outlet points out that it's unclear if Watson knew about the policy prior to his attempted purchase, as Dick's did not publicly announce the change until February 28-the same day Walmart announced its new age restrictions for firearm sales. "We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it".
Dick's Sporting Goods became the nation's largest sporting goods retailer in part by understanding its market. Watson's lawsuit claims that the retailers' new gun policies violate statutes protecting residents against discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation or age, among other things.
The inevitable response to announcements by the big box stores that they would not sell guns to those under 21 has arrived.
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A spokesperson from Walmart told The Oregonian that the company will continue to enforce the new policy and has not seen Watson's lawsuit.
The massacre of 17 students and faculty at a Parkland, Fla., high school last month and the wave of student activism that followed have spurred a host of companies to action - and in a way so swift and sure that the public sector can never match.
Walter has asked Walmart and Dicks to stop discriminating between the ages 18, 19 and 20. Federal law restricts the sale of handguns to people over the age of 21.
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CNN reached out to both Dick's and Watson's attorney, Max Whittington - but hasn't heard back. "Given Oregon is a more liberal state, it's not that shocking that these laws would be really broad there".
Plaintiff is seeking damages, injunctions, costs, and attorney fees. State law includes prohibitions against discrimination in stores that are open to the general public.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the lead sponsor of the bill, said he is frustrated that lawmakers keep attempting to add gun-related proposals to his bill.
"I think we are settling on a considerable measure of silly choices and we have to do the exploration rather than trying to say it's the weapons causing the issue", said Brandon Oatts, who lives in Leon County. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 543,300 shares of the sporting goods retailer's stock valued at $14,903,000 after purchasing an additional 391,000 shares during the last quarter.
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