One young man is suing an Oregon based Kroger store for “unlawful age discrimination” after they refused to sell him shotgun shells, due to his age.
Airion Grace, 20, attempted to but the ammunition at a Washington County Kroger subsidiary, Fred Meyer, “on or about March 6, 2018.” He was told at the gun/ammunition counter that because he is not 21, he could not purchase the item.
It was just five days earlier that the Kroger chain had announced they were not going to sell firearms and ammunition to people between the ages of 18 and 20.
“The grocery chain sells guns and ammunition at its Fred Meyer stores in the western U.S. Those sales will continue, but people under the age of 21 will be prohibited from purchase,” reports Breitbart.
Oregon has a law which prohibits age-based discrimination for people of 18 years and older in areas of public accommodations, which Grace is using as grounds for his case. The law specifically states it prohibits discrimination in stores open to the general public.
According to Breitbart, Grace seeks:
- Injunctive relief requiring Defendant to stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20-year-old customers at all Oregon locations.
- Punitive damages.
- Reasonable costs and attorney fees.
- Such other relief deemed just and equitable.
Twenty-year-old Tyler Watson filed suit on March 5 against a Jackson County, Oregon, Dick’s Sporting Goods store, claiming similar “unlawful age discrimination” over its age-based refusal to sell him a .22 rifle.
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