It was only a matter of time before someone sued Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart for age discrimination. Over the past few weeks, businesses have amended their gun-purchasing ages and practices in an effort to signal all the virtues. Those businesses include Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, Kroger, and possibly Hallmark. The greeting card company will no longer provide single stack magazines with every overly-priced card destined for the garbage. I’m protesting this weekend.
From The Hill:
A 20-year-old Oregon man has filed two lawsuits against companies who recently changed their gun sale policies to prevent anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing a rifle.
Tyler Watson alleges in one of the lawsuits that he attempted to purchase a .22 rifle from Field and Stream, which is owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods, on Feb. 24, but was turned away because of his age.
I’ve always been a proponent of businesses selling what they want to sell or they don’t want to sell. Who am I to tell Walmart that anyone dumb enough to wear sweatpants with “Juicy” written on the buttocks is a person not worth selling to? Conservatives are all about that free market. Even when it includes terrible advertisement for one’s jiggly backside.
But if one decides to offer firearms for sale, one must not pull rules out of one’s blubbery tochus. Because here’s the kicker:
Oregon law states that residents over the age of 18 can purchase shotguns or rifles. Federal law restricts the sale of handguns to people over the age of 21.
If Walmart, Dick’s or Krogers wish to sell long guns, they have to play by the rules. The rules here being selling to people who are legally allowed to purchase those firearms. Re-writing the rules to appease mommy gun bloggers isn’t quite inline with state and federal laws. Despite what all the hashtags say.
This is likely the first of a slew of lawsuits to come down the barrel. Here’s hoping at least Safeway keeps up its policy of providing a box of 9mm with every purchase of kale.