Orvis Follows Walmart and Dick's in Raising Age for Gun Sales

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Just weeks after two of America's biggest retailers changed their policies to sell guns only to people aged 21 and over, they're facing an age discrimination lawsuit.

Dick's and Walmart restricted gun sales in the wake of the February 14 Florida high school massacre. A 19-year-old gunman killed 17 people at the Parkland, Fla., school.

But he said the spirit of the law would point to 18-year-olds being able to buy rifles in any store that sells them. In each lawsuit, Watson claims he was discriminated against based on his age. A Walmart employee cited the company's new age requirement, according to the lawsuit filed two days later.

"If these billionaire corporate bullies are illegally discriminating against people based on their age, then maybe some 19- or 20-year-old law-abiding gun owners should sue them", said Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group.

"We do not sell assault-style rifles", the Vermont-based company said.

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. Diversified Investment Strategies Llc who had been investing in Dicks Sporting Goods Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $3.45B market cap company. President Donald Trump has also said the age to purchase a rifle should be raised.

"Whether Walmart or other stores can come up with some defense that's going to be specifically related to the sale of guns is another question", Tuomala said.

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In both suits Watson alleges that the defendants, Dick's and Walmart, not only discriminated but "advertised ... unlawful discriminatory policies by issuing a press release, and other materials, stating that [the defendants] will no longer sell any firearms or ammunition to any person under the age of 21". If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

Within hours, Walmart, which stopped selling AR-15s in 2015, announced it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to customers younger than 21, and would remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website.

OR residents are allowed to purchase shotguns and rifles beginning at age 18. He is also seeking unspecified damages.

Watson is now asking the court to force Walmart and Dick's "to stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20 year-old customers at all OR locations".

Leon County residents had mixed reactions after the major retailers made their decisions.

OR was the first state to enact new gun control legislation after the Parkland shooting, though the bill had been introduced before the school attack.