Oregon appellate court rules it is illegal to deny rifle, shotgun sales to 18 to 20-year-olds
The Oregon Court of Appeals last week reversed a lower court’s decision to toss out an age-discrimination lawsuit against a gun retailer. Instead, the appellate court ruled that it is illegal deny gun sales to buyers who are 18 to 20 years old.
The original case was brought on behalf of Brandy Dalbeck, an 18-year-old who in 2018 filed a lawsuit against a gun retailer in Florence, Oregon, after the store refused to sell her a rifle.
The suit was filed after the retailer, Bi-Mart, announced a company policy that prohibited all firearms sales to buyers under 21 years of age.
Federal law requires handgun purchasers to be 21, but not rifle and shotgun buyers.
The appellate court noted that Oregon’s anti-discrimination law prohibits age discrimination against anyone 18 and older.
The case will be sent back to Lane County Circuit Court.
The plaintiff’s attorney called the ruling a “major victory” that strengthens anti-discrimination laws in Oregon.
He predicted more age-discrimination suits will likely be filed against other retailers who prohibit rifle and shotgun sales to buyers who are over 18 but under 21 years old.
Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” cofounded Armed American News. Lee is also the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project, and serves on the board of Florida Carry, Inc. Until recently, he was an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.