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State senator asks about ask restrictions on gun sales

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A Northeast Arkansas state senator plans to ask Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for guidance on whether or not a business can ban the sales of firearms to people under the age of 21. 

According to a story from Talk Business & Politics, State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas said this week she plans to ask Rutledge to research the issue.

Recently, officials with Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods said they would not sell firearms or ammunition to people under the age of 21 citing the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Collins-Smith has received some comments on social media on the issue and wants to know more. 

"Can you discriminate against someone based on them being 18? That's a question that I have," Talk Business & Politics reported. "Is it legal? No one has been able to answer that for me." 

A suit has also been filed in Oregon against both companies by a man challenging the policies of both companies, Talk Business & Politics reported. 

A Walmart official, Randy Hargrove, did tell Talk Business & Politics that the company plans to defend itself in the Oregon case. 

"In light of recent events, we reviewed our policy on firearm sales. As a result, we raised the age restriction for the purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age," Hargrove said. "We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it. Once we are served with the complaint, we will respond as appropriate with the court."

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