[Eugene Volokh] Walmart Illegally Discriminated Against 18-to-20-Year-Old Gun Buyer, Oregon Antidiscrimination Agency Alleges

Oregon is one of a handful states that bans age discrimination against 18-to-20-year-olds by places of public accommodation.The official charge was filed last week by the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries against Walmart, based on a complaint by Hannah Brumbles; a full hearing is scheduled for Nov. 14; the Oregonian (Ted Sickinger) has more. As I wrote in March, Oregon is one of the states that bans retailers from discriminating based on age against customers age 18 and above. The Oregon statute says it generally applies to any person who is "of age," which appears to mean 18, the age of majority in Oregon, at least for those products that are legal to sell to 18-to-20-year-olds (as long guns are in Oregon). Indeed, the statute specially treats alcohol and marijuana sellers, but makes no such special provision for gun sellers: 659A.403 Discrimination in place of public accommodation prohibited. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, all…

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