Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
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Shout out to Dick's Sporting Goods: Letter to the editor

Shout out to Dick's Sporting Goods: Letter to the editor

A 20-year-old man filed suits Monday against Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart after they refused to sell him a rifle. Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year old suspect in the school shooting, had legally bought the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle used in the massacre.

Dicks Sporting Goods, the largest sporting goods retailer in the United States, will also stop selling high-capacity magazines and guns to people under 21 years old.

The bureau will present a bill to add a similar age restriction for gun sales to the Legislature next year for consideration, he said, adding that the policies seemed "appropriate" because they attempted to make public spaces safer.

Paul Laferriere, store manager of Tri-State Outfitters in Lewiston, said his store stopped carrying firearms in December since it was no longer profitable after new competition came into town.

Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for Walmart, told The Washington Post on Tuesday that the company has not yet been served with Watson's lawsuit, but plans to defend its new policy once it does.

Dick's did not return request for the comment on this lawsuit. Perhaps some city and county ordinances might be, though I take it that retailers are aware that localities sometimes have special rules; but state antidiscrimination laws, including ones that reach far beyond federal law, are well-known, and the fact that different states have different rules is, too.


Watson's legal action requests that Dick's and Walmart "stop their unlawful discriminating against 18-, 19- and 20-year-old customers at all OR store locations", according to the report. According to The Oregonian, Oregon law allows people to own shotguns and rifles from the age of 18.

This all happened four days before the announcement that the company, along with mega retailer Walmart, will stop selling to anyone under 21 years of age.

He left after being told the store would not sell him any firearm, including rifles and shotguns, or ammunition for the weapons, unless he was 21, the lawsuit alleged.

Dick's officials did not release a statement in regards to the lawsuit. He is also asking for an undisclosed amount of punitive damages and for his attorney fees to be paid.

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations had sued on civil rights grounds, but District Judge Beth Bloom said in her ruling that "there are simply no facts grounding the assertion that plaintiff and/or one of its constituents will be harmed".

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