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Monday, December 31, 2018

Stores increasing age requirement to buy guns raises legal questions

The last year saw a major surge in attempts to raise the minimum age for gun purchases, raising legal questions that have yet to be firmly answered.

The push for a higher age intensified after the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which spurred states and some companies — including Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart — to impose a 21-year-old minimum age to purchase firearms.

Gun-rights advocates say the age of adulthood is 18 and, given the Second Amendment’s guarantee of a right to bear arms, any attempt to limit young adults amounts to illegal discrimination.

Tristin Fulton, 18, of Michigan, put that to the test, suing Dick’s in March after the store would not allow him to buy a shotgun.

That case recently was “resolved,” according to James Makowski, an attorney for Mr. Fulton.

Mr. Makowski declined to go into detail about the case itself, but said age is a protected class under Michigan’s anti-discrimination laws.

A spokesman for Walmart says the retail giant is confident in its age policy and feels it’s on solid legal and constitutional footing.

“We stand behind our decision, and we’re going to continue with that position,” said spokesman Randy Hargrove.



Anonymous said...

Guess 18 year olds need not register with selective service then huh.
Old enough to die but not old enough to buy a gun.

Anonymous said...

Both companies (Dick's and Walmart) know one thing for certain about Americans:

Americans are far too stupid to boycott their stores because of illegal discrimination.

Far too stupid indeed.

Anonymous said...

You can't buy one but if you want to die supporting our corporate interests we will suit you up and hand you a rifle. What do you mean murderers break the law?

Anonymous said...

IF a man/woman is qualified to serve in the Military at 18 years old; they are qualified to purchase heat...if they don't have a criminal record or mental issues. period