Christopher Steele, Russia dossier writer, same source for Yahoo News, FBI


As stores rush to impose a minimum age of 21 for gun purchases, some Second Amendment supporters say like-minded people should consider mounting legal challenges, saying the companies may have a hard time defending against claims of age discrimination for a core constitutional right.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart, Kroger and other major national brands have announced they'll impose an age requirement in the wake of last month's shooting in Florida, in which police say 19-year-old suspect Nikolas Cruz used a rifle he legally purchased.

Some legal analysts predicted the companies' policies would hold up, saying they have a right to refuse sales. But others say there's room for a challenge.

"If these billionaire corporate bullies are illegally discriminating against people based on their age, then maybe some 19- or 20-year-old law-abiding gun owners should sue them," said Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group.

The FPC pointed to recent data from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) saying more than one-third of the states in the country have public accommodation or civil rights laws that prohibit age-based discrimination.

Matthew Maruster, a firearms instructor from Ohio, said there could indeed be a "protected class" argument to be made for people ages 18-20 who can legally buy a gun but wouldn't be able to do so at those stores.

"I don't know if that's going to hold up in court," said Mr. Maruster, who has written about the constitutionality of private stores prohibiting the concealed carry of weapons where it's otherwise legal.

"You can't discriminate against someone based on their age," he said. "I think that would be the angle if someone would say 'Hey, I want to sue Dick's Sporting Goods because they're keeping me from being able to buy a gun based on my age.'"

He added, though, that an actual legal challenge could be an uphill battle, as courts have sided with private businesses in other similar cases - including a gun store in Florida that got an anti-discrimination suit tossed by a federal judge in 2015 after banning Muslims from the store.

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations had sued on civil rights grounds, but District Judge Beth Bloom said in her ruling that "there are simply no facts grounding the assertion that plaintiff and/or one of its constituents will be harmed."

Gun-rights groups, like the FPC and others, are at the very least vowing to make the companies pay a business price for the new restrictions.

"Part of what we want to tell Dick's Sporting Goods is 'good riddance,'" said Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights. "They might as well fold their entire hunting and firearms sales down, as they're going to sink like a rock."

But the lawyer for Mr. Brown's group said the businesses are likely in the clear on legal and constitutional issues.

Federal age discrimination protections only relate to certain categories of commerce or employment, and generally only cover discriminatory practices against older people, said James Bardwell, NAGR's in-house counsel.

"Picking on 21-year-olds in any category of commerce is not prohibited by federal law," he said. "I have not reviewed the anti-discrimination laws of every state, but I have never heard of any state law that bars discrimination against young people - only old people."

Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law, agreed.

"There is no constitutional issue whatsoever," Mr. Winkler, who has written extensively on Second Amendment issues, said in an email. "The Constitution limits what government can do, not what a private business can do."

Federal law already prohibits federally licensed gun dealers from selling rifles and shotguns to people under the age of 18 and handguns to people under the age of 21.

Illinois and Hawaii are two states that have already passed their own laws banning people under 21 from buying certain kinds of rifles. Some federal lawmakers are now looking to pass similar legislation in Congress.

But police say that Mr. Cruz carried out his recent attack with an AR-15-style rifle he bought legally. Mr. Cruz also bought a shotgun at Dick's last year, though he did not use it in the Feb. 14 attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, his old high school.

Dick's, Walmart, Kroger, and L.L. Bean - which also announced a new minimum age of 21 for gun purchases last week - did not respond to questions about the legality of the new age limits. They have cited the recent Parkland shooting as the impetus for the move.

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When are they going to put this thing to bed. We know Steele manufactured the dossier and the media stories necessary for the DOJ / FBI to get the warrant. More proof about this comes out almost daily at this point. It needs to end or a new investigation needs to be started that goes after the actual criminals. Can we prosecute the special prosecutor?


Now that Russia has been totally debunked Mueller is now saying it was Middle East collusion:

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is now purportedly looking into whether the United Arab Emirates, with perhaps help from a top adviser, tried to gain political influence by putting money into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign – a tack that would indicate Mueller’s investigation continues to expand beyond whether campaign officials colluded with Russia.

Mueller’s investigators in recent weeks have questioned the adviser, Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, and asked witnesses for information about whether the UAE tried to buy political influence by giving money to the Trump campaign, according to The New York Times.

Nader has been a frequent visitor to the Trump White House. And the president has praised the UAE for the Persian Gulf nation’s efforts to work with the United States on economic issues and squashing terrorism in the region, thanking Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed for his efforts just last week, according to the White House.

Nader has purportedly been an adviser to the crown prince. Axios first reported that Mueller investigators were talking to Nader.

Mueller took over the Justice Department investigation in May 2017. And in recent weeks, he has made several moves that suggest his probe has expanded beyond possible collusion, including charging former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort with alleged tax and bank fraud and indicting 13 Russians in connection with trying to sow political discord during the 2016 elections.


If the republicans maintain majorities in both the house and senate, Trump needs to go way beyond firing Mueller and Rosenstein.

He needs to fire them, but also fire the deep state agents in the FBI, CIA, DOJ etc…

He needs to fire rank and file members who have played a part of this as well as higher ups.

If he can’t fire them due to some federal employee law, he needs to reassign them to something really stupid, uninfluential and humiliating, like maybe a mailroom gig or janitorial staff. It doesn’t necessarily have to be that extreme, just something that has them doing just doing very low level work.

He then has two years for that scandal to be buried by other news, and if the public can’t stomach that, they simply will not vote for him.

This shroud over his presidency needs to end


Why has he not fired “Mr Magoo” Sessions and put someone in who will indict the swamp-dwellers, deep staters, and child molesting pizza-gaters? For me he has been a big disappointment.


WTF? Didn’t Hillary accept money from the Saudis and the Chinese?

Trump needs to torpedo this shit already. Letting it happen in the first place has given the shitlibs over a years worth of NONSTOP propaganda.


All these Traitors from McCabe on down need to serve HARD TIME in the worst Federal Prison possible where they’ll need soap on a rope for their sentence and Mr Ben Over for a cell mate.Maybe Gitmo would be a good place.
I’ve said before that Sessions should go. It’s hard to believe there wasn’t a better person to be AG.He is a typical clock puncher ,only there to collect a paycheck.


Chris Steele should be doing lifetime community service in Point Barrow Alaska.
The incompetent judges that issued the warrants based on the “unverified” ( phoney) dossier should be removed and disbarred.


Because that would put Rosenstein in power, until a closely-divided Senate* could confirm a new appontment.

(*)The senate has one fewer GOPer, thanks to Trump backing swamper-Strange instead of Mo Brooks, and also contains scum-traitor Rs like McCain and Flake in that think-majority. In other words, the same crew who torpedoed even the very weak Obamacare repeal.