Five months ago, Jan Morgan banned Muslims from her Arkansas gun range, and she is still facing backlash for it to this day.
Morgan claims that banning Muslims from her business is a matter of public safety, rather than a constitutional issue. She said she decided to ban Muslims after two suspicious men showed up to her shooting range in September. She said their strange behavior and “Allahu Akbar” ringtones made her think twice about allowing Muslims to shoot at her firing range.
“We are dealing in lethal firearms,” Morgan told FoxNews.com. “I’m not going to let a Nazi shoot in here, or a Ku Klux Klan member in here, either.”
Morgan says she can figure out if someone is Muslim based on their name. Though her business is booming, Morgan admits she has faced numerous threats, all of which she’s brushed off.
Morgan’s no-muslims rule has also gotten her in legal trouble, and she’s become the target of at least two major group. One is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wrote to Eric Holder, seeking the Justice Department’s involvement. Their letter read in part:
“Given the recent spike in anti-Muslim rhetoric, including Islamophobic statements by government officials, community leaders and media outlets, death threats, and other bias incidents targeting Muslims, I urge you to investigate this matter soon.”
“CAIR believes that systematically banning Muslims from a place of business is a violation of federal laws prohibiting racial and religious discrimination and will inevitably result in a hostile environment for ordinary Muslims in Arkansas.”
The Justice Department has not yet commented on the matter.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arkansas also sought help from federal authorities to do something about Morgan’s rules.
“It’s discrimination based on religion, or, in this case, perceived religion and is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” said Rita Sklar, executive director of the ACLU. “It isn’t based on that person’s behavior or anything they could reliably use that could be used to bar the person from the premises.”
Sklar admits the DOJ did not respond to their call to action, but she added that her organization would be happy to take legal action on behalf of any client.
“We would be happy to talk to anyone who had been turned away because he or she is Muslim or perceived to be Muslim,” Sklar said. “We would be more than happy to take her to court to get her to do the American, moral thing.”
Though no Muslims have come forward, a Hindu man tweeted last week that both he was kicked out of the shooting range.
“My dad and I just got kicked out of a Muslim-free gun range,” read a tweet from the man claiming to have been booted. “I’m not Muslim, I’m just brown.”
Law experts say Morgan may be within her rights to ban Muslims from the range, if her business is deemed a private club. The proud gun range owner claims business has “quadrupled” since she announced her ban, and that many have stepped forward with donations should she face a legal battle. Though she regularly faces violent threats, she says she isn’t backing down anytime soon.
“I am the infidel your Imam warned you about,” Morgan wrote under an image of her shooting a gun.