Oregon: Walmart Broke Law by Refusing Gun Sale

The state Bureau of Labor and Industries says the retailer violated nondiscrimination laws when it didn't sell a gun to an 18-year-old woman.

A Walmart location in St. Helens, Oregon refused to sell Hannah Brumbles a firearm
A Walmart location in St. Helens, Oregon refused to sell Hannah Brumbles a firearm just after her 18th birthday in April, saying they wouldn't sell guns or ammo to anyone under 21, per a new story policy, regardless of federal and state laws.Walmart

Walmart was found to have violated Oregon's nondiscrimination laws when it refused to sell a rifle to an 18-year old woman, in a ruling by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries earlier this week.

Hannah Brumbles attempted to continue a family tradition of buying a firearm just after her 18th birthday at the Walmart store in St. Helens, Oregon this past April, guns.com reports. Unfortunately, staff at the store stated they wouldn't sell firearms and ammunition to anyone under age 21, citing an internal policy implemented in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting.

In a statement to guns.com Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said, "In February of this year, we reviewed our policy on firearm and ammunition sales and as a result, we raised the age restriction for the purchase of those items to 21."

Hannah Brumbles tried to keep a family tradition alive by buying her first firearm after her 18th birthday, but was denied.
Hannah Brumbles tried to keep a family tradition alive by buying her first firearm after her 18th birthday, but was denied.Facebook

But that policy has run afoul of Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, who state the retail giant is legally required to sell firearms to those of legal age until the age limit is changed (if ever), the story says. Hannah Brumbles, who has been a shooting enthusiast and a hunter since an early age, is seeking $135,000 in damages from the massive retail chain.

"Discrimination is discrimination," Chris Brumbles, Hannah's father, told the Willamette Week. Hannah asked for the $135,000 figure because it was the same judgment levied against an Oregon baker for declining to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Walmart has offered the teen a $150 settlement that came with a gag order, which she declined, according to the Willamette Week. Charges were officially filed by the state on August 21, with a hearing scheduled for November 2018.

"We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it. We are preparing for the November hearing before the administrative law judge," Hargrove said in the story,