In the wake of the high school shooting in Florida by a 19-year-old, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced a new policy that raises the age limit to 21 to buy guns at its stores, including its sister stores, Field & Stream. Federal law is 18 years old. Dick’s said this decision was their way of protecting children.
But now, the company faces a lawsuit by a 20-year-old man for refusing to sell him a .22-caliber rifle at a Field & Stream store in Medford, Oregon. Tyler Watson said he went to the store to make the purchase on February 24 but was turned away. He is now suing for age discrimination.
The suit states:
By denying Plaintiff the sale of a rifle and/or ammunition for a rifle based on Plaintiff's age, Defendant has committed illegal age discrimination in public accommodations in violation of ORS 659A.403.
That law makes an exception for marijuana and alcohol, notes CNN, but says nothing about firearms.
Watson is seeking punitive damages and attorney’s fees and hopes his lawsuit will stop the store from “unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20 year-old customers at all Oregon locations."
Has anyone told Dick’s that raising the drinking age to 21 has never once stopped drunk driving accidents among teens who found a way to score alcohol?