Friday, 22 February, 2019

Oregon man suing Dick's, Walmart over new gun policies

Oregon man suing Dick's, Walmart over new gun policies Oregon man suing Dick's, Walmart over new gun policies
Sherri Watson | 07 March, 2018, 23:53

A 20-year-old OR man is suing Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods, claiming the retailers discriminated against him by refusing to sell him a rifle after raising the age limit to 21 in the wake of the Florida school shooting. According to the lawsuit, he attempted to purchase a firearm from a Field & Stream location, which is owned by Dick's Sporting Goods, on February 24th, four days before the new policy was announced. Ten analysts have provided estimates for Dicks Sporting Goods' earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $1.08 and the highest estimate coming in at $1.34. The retailer had already stopped selling assault-style rifles at its main stores in 2012.

Dick's Sporting Goods announced recently it will no longer sell firearms to anyone younger than 21.

Commissioner Brad Avakian said in a letter to Oregon House and Senate leaders Tuesday that state law only provides for age-related exemptions for alcohol and marijuana sales.

"Any adult 18 to 20 is a protected class", Max Whittington, the lawyer representing Tyler Watson, told FOX Business' Charles Payne on "Varney & Co".

Watson's complaint requests that judges force the two retailers "to stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20 year-old customers at all OR locations". He is also asking for punitive damages and for his attorney's fees to be paid.

Media headlines about Dicks Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern.

"When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset", Stack said in an interview. Federal law also allows people 18 and older to buy rifles or shotguns from licensed dealers.

Oregon's anti-discrimination statutes specifically prohibit "discrimination or restriction on account of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or age if the individual is of age". Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have given a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company's stock. Or perhaps this wasn't a mistake, and Dick's deliberately thought that a blanket policy, even if it's illegal in some states, would get it much more public relations punch than a policy that excepted some states.

On Tuesday, the state Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a letter to state legislative leaders that the bureau would accept complaints from Oregonians who feel they have been discriminated against by the policies.

"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. "It's not about passing a bill which will actually improve the background check system". So far, Mccullar's post has more than 81,800 shares.

Information for this article was contributed by Matthew Daly and Rachel La Corte of The Associated Press.