Oregon retailers can’t bar gun sales based on age

Oregon retailers can't bar gun sales based on age

Thomas Boyd | The Oregonian/OregonLive Oregon retailers cannot discriminate against gun buyers based on their age, according to a ruling this week by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Hannah Brumbles, an 18-year-old from Deer Island in unincorporated Columbia County, filed a complaint with the state after a Walmart store in St. Helen’s refused to sell her a rifle or ammunition last February because she was younger than 21. Oregon law allows individuals 18 and older to purchase firearms, but a variety of regional and national retailers, including Walmart, adopted more restrictive policies following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of killing 17 people, including 14 students and three staff members, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. Brumbles’ complaint alleged that the policy was discriminatory and violated the Oregon constitution. BOLI found in her favor. Brumbles is seeking damages for physical, mental and emotional distress, which could be as high as $5,000. A follow-up hearing will be held in November. —Ted Sickinger 503-221-8505; @tedsickinger

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