Florida gun-range owner declares ‘Muslim-free zone’

Florida gun-range owner declares ‘Muslim-free zone’

In response to the recent shooting in Chattanooga, Andy Hallinan declared that Muslims are no longer welcome.

Florida gun range owner Andy Hallinan has banned all Muslims from his gun range, making the announcement in a YouTube video as he spoke with the Confederate flag as a backdrop.

In the video, he makes a number of comments defending the Confederate flag and criticizing President Barack Obama before turning to the events in Chattanooga, when a gunman — Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez — opened fire on two military installations, killing five servicemen in the process, according to a Washington Post report.

He said that he is making his gun range, Florida Gun Supply located in Iverness, a “Muslim-free zone,” and would also offer free concealed carry classes to the public at no charge in order to allow them to “get armed,” calling his audience “patriots.”

In the video, he argues that there is a battle going on that involves religion, and that political leaders are kowtowing to Islam. “Our leaders are telling you that the cross is a sign of intolerance and hatred,” he said. “Don’t believe their lies. Our leaders are telling you that Islam is a peaceful religion … don’t believe their lies.”

Hallinan is not the first gun range owner to bar Muslims. Jan Morgan, who owns Gun Cave Shooting in Hot Springs, Ark., banned Muslims — a move that some argues violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Morgan, however, says she’s not in violation of that act because her range is a private club with dues-paying members, and in fact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives allows her to turn away people who they think might pose a threat to others.

The Department of Justice is monitoring the range but so far has not indicated that it plans to investigate the business for civil rights violations.

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