Owner says banning Muslims is not discrimination, but a public safety issue.
Jan Morgan of Hot Springs, Arkansas has banned Muslims from her Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range. She implemented the ban in September. Two men visited her range and drew her attention with their behavior, but the ringtone on one’s cell phone sealed the deal.
The sound the men used on their phones was the Arabic phrase, “Allahu Akhbar,” known as the Takbir and meaning, “God is greatest.”
Morgan bases her decision to ban customers on their names. But she says she’s not targeting Muslims under her policy. She said;
I’m not going to let a Nazi shoot in here, or a Ku Klux Klan member in here, either.
Her stance has drawn the attention of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the American Civil Liberties Union. Both have contacted the Justice Department and urged them to take action against the range. So far, no legal action has been filed by any party.
Morgan compares allowing people who may have terroristic intent to practice shooting a gun to allowing the 9-11 terrorists to learn to fly airplanes.
She contends that because firearms are involved, her ban cannot be compared to other recent discrimination claims. “There’s no room for mistakes when you’re handling firearms. We aren’t just refusing to make a wedding cake here.”
Business at the Gun Cave has “quadrupled” since she implemented the ban. She credits customers from out of state with much of the increase. Many made donations to support Morgan during what could be a coming legal battle.
Morgan has even received threats. Her response? She posted her home address on the Gun Cave webpage and invited those who would threaten her to bring it on.
“I am the infidel your Imam warned you about,” she taunted.