Friday, October 10, 2014

Arkansas: Update--Hot Springs Shooting Range Owner Refuses to Rent Firearms to Muslims

According to The Daily Mail, a shooting range owner Jan Morgan,  says she wants to ban all followers of Islam from her business claiming that doing so might well put her life at risk.

In a blog posting, range owner Morgan wrote that she doesn't consider Islam to be a religion--and as such Muslims shouldn't be permitted protection under the US Constitution.

Jan Morgan says she wants her shooting range to be a "Muslim-free zone."

Morgan, who says she has been threatened in the past, wrote in a blog posting: "Why would I want to rent or sell a gun and ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me?"

A Muslim rights group has asked the US Department of Justice to investigate the Arkansas shooting range owner.

The Washington, DC,-based Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs on the grounds of racial and religious discrimination.
Morgan cited the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the Boston Marathon bombings and some of the reasons to mistrust Muslims.

Morgan said some of her patrons were "frightened" when two devote Muslims entered the range proper to rent and shoot. While at the range, the Muslims spoke in Arabic.

'Their behavior was so strange, it frightened my patrons. No one would enter the range to shoot while they were there. Some of my customers left. I lost business and the people who remained at my facility said they did so out of fear for my safety."

'They spoke very little English, one did not have proof of US citizenship, yet they wanted to rent and shoot," Morgan wrote. "They were constantly glancing at surveillance cameras in the range then looking at each other and speaking in their own language."

'Their behavior was so strange, it frightened my patrons. No one would enter the range to shoot while they were there. Some of my customers left. I lost business and the people who remained at my facility said they did so out of fear for my safety."

COMMENT: In a phone call, an employee at Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range said Morgan is considering changing her business into a private shooting club.

Morgan seems to justify her Muslim-free notion on the advice of agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE).

She claims two agents told her "if we feel ANY reason for concern about selling someone a firearm, even sense that something is not right about an individual, or if we are concerned about that [person's] mental state, even if they pass a background check, we do not have to sell that person a firearm."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the US Department of Justice to investigate Morgan on ground of racial and religious discrimination.

"Since I have no way of discerning which Muslims will or will not kill in the name of their religion and the commands in their Koran, I choose to err on the side of caution for the safety of my patrons."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations sent a copy of its letter to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, the Civil Rights Division of the US Justice Department, the US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas and the ATFE's regional office in Little Rock.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.


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