Javelin Man wrote:
Dick's CEO is on GMA right now giving the new policies of his stores. No assault rifles, no one under the age of 21, no high capacity magazines, and calls for a nationwide crackdown banning sales of assault rifles.
Can someone explain how this doesn't violate Ohio's law on discrimination by places of public accommodation?
ORC 4112.02(G) makes it illegal:
(G) For any proprietor or any employee, keeper, or manager of a place of public accommodation to deny to any person, except for reasons applicable alike to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry, the full enjoyment of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges of the place of public accommodation.
4112.01(A)(9) defines "public accommodations"
"Place of public accommodation" means any inn, restaurant, eating house, barbershop, public conveyance by air, land, or water, theater, store, other place for the sale of merchandise, or any other place of public accommodation or amusement of which the accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges are available to the public.
So Dick's and F&S stores are clearly places of public accommodation and are prohibited from from denying to anyone "the full enjoyment of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges" based on age. Certainly they have to adhere to state and federal laws, which is why they can deny sales to people below 18 years of age. But how, legally, can they deny sales to persons 18-20 who are not prohibited by state or federal law?