Two employees of Dick’s Sporting Goods store resigned after the company caved to anti-Second Amendment rhetoric by raising the minimum age requirement to buy a long gun to 21 from 18.
Alexander DeGarmo, 20, quit after he realized that under the new policy announced by CEO Edward Stack, he would not be able to purchase an item he sold as a sales associate.
“Until Edward Stack came out with these absolutely arbitrary and insane rules I had no issue [working there],” DeGarmo told Fox News. Another employee, 20-year-old hunter Griffin McCullar, resigned from Dick’s Sporting Goods citing similar reasons.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has been under fire from liberals demanding stricter gun control in the wake of the Valentine’s Day school at a Parkland, Florida, high school by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.
But DeGarmo said the solution is not more gun legislation (since criminals disregard laws anyway), but teaching responsible gun ownership. He also called for more mental-health intervention. Reports show that local police and the FBI repeatedly ignored multiple credit tips alerting them that Cruz was mentally unstable and had repeatedly threatened to shoot up a school.
DeGarmo also said Dick’s new gun policy is age discrimination. In a resignation letter posted to Facebook, he wrote: “I believe it is morally and constitutionally wrong to infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens in any way, and I will not work for a company that pushes for the restriction of the Second Amendment.”
He continued: “I am also ending my employment with Dick’s Sporting Goods due to the fact that I am being discriminated against.” Keep in mind that you can join the military at age 17.
Legal experts note that Alexander DeGarmo raises a good point, saying there could be legal challenges to Dick’s new policy.
“It would really depend on where the 18-year-old is and where the Dick’s is located, because the federal law prohibiting age discrimination doesn’t kick in until age 40, but state law can at age 18,” Judge Andrew Napolitano told Fox Business (see video above). “New Jersey protects you from age 18 up, so they cannot get away with this in New Jersey.”
Napolitano underscored that while stores can decide not to sell merchandise they believe will be used for illegal purposes, Dicks’ new policy is essentially age discrimination. “We have civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on certain bases, so they can’t not sell to somebody on the basis of any of those prohibited characteristics,” one of which may be age,” he explained.
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