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Fortune - and a number of other news outlets - has the story of Tyler Watson, a 20-year-old Oregon man who has filed a lawsuit against both Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods, challenging their legal right to restrict gun sales to people 21 years old and older.

The two companies were among the retailers that decided to restrict gun sales in the wake of the killing of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, by a 19-year-old who used a legally purchased gun.

According to Fortune, “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. On March 3rd, after both Walmart and Dick’s had announced their new policies, he attempted to buy a gun from Walmart and was again turned away … Oregon law allows people to own shotguns and rifles from the age of 18. Watson alleges, therefore, that the stores’ policies violate Oregon statutes that protect its citizens from age-based discrimination.”
KC's View:
Not a lawyer, so it is hard for me to make a judgement on this. I’ll wait for the courts to make a considered decision.