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Twenty-year-old sues Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart over age restrictions on firearms

A young man in Oregon is challenging the new age restrictions that some retailers have put in place for buying guns.

Tyler Watson has filed lawsuits suing Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods for age discrimination after the two retailers refused to sell him a rifle, according to CNBC, which cited a report by The Oregonian/OregonLive. Oregon state law allows residents who are at least 18 years old to buy shotguns and rifles.

The lawsuit is believed to be the first filed over the retailers’ new gun policies, which restrict sales of firearms to anyone under the age of 21, that were enacted at the end of February.

In addition to asking judges to force Dick's and Walmart "to stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20 year-old customers at all Oregon locations," Watson is seeking unspecified punitive damages, CNBC said.

Walmart plans to defend the new policy, spokesman Randy Hargrove told The Oregonian.

"We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it," he said. "While we haven't seen the complaint, we will respond as appropriate with the court."

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