In the five months since Hot Springs, Arkansas, gun range owner Jan Morgan banned Muslims from her facilities, she has seen business quadruple. She has also faced threats and the prospect of lawsuits, which so far, have not materialized.
Morgan, who says she identifies Muslims based on their names, defended her policy. She argued that Islam is a religion that commands its followers to kill others, and that she wouldn’t put a gun in the hand of “someone who aligns himself” with that ideology.
“We are dealing in lethal firearms,” Morgan said. “I’m not going to let a Nazi shoot in here, or a Ku Klux Klan member in here, either.”
The shooting range owner said she made the decision in September, 2014 after two customers she deemed suspicious visited. She said their furtive behavior and cellphone ringtones of ‘Allahu Akhbar’ prompted her to revise her range’s policies.
To Morgan, banning Muslims from her club is a necessary safety measure akin to refusing to admit patrons who are on drugs or alcohol — something she believes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gives her the discretion to do in the name of safety.
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 gun.
Although she announced the policy in 2014, Morgan has long believed that armed Muslims pose a safety threat to her and her patrons. Morgan told The Post that she began reading the Koran after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, because she wanted to understand “‘who are these people and why do they hate us so much.” Morgan’s reading of the book focuses on more than 100 (109, to be exact) passages that she believes are “proof” that Islam commands followers to commit violent acts against non-Muslims.
The Council on American Islamic Relations, a Muslim activist group, argued that banning Muslims from the shooting range “is a violation of federal laws prohibiting racial and religious discrimination.”
The ACLU is also asked the DOJ to do something about Morgan’s policies, and they want to talk to any Muslim who gets turned away from Morgan’s shooting range.
But Morgan is standing her ground. She compared “offering target practice to potential terrorists to flight schools offering lessons to the 9/11 terrorists.” A caption on an image of Morgan with a gun says, “I am the infidel your imam warned you about.”
Morgan claims keeping Muslims out of her firing range is a matter of public safety and not a constitutional issue.
‘Why would I want to rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me?’
She added: ‘I understand that not all Muslims are terrorists. I also believe there are as many Muslims who do not know what is in their Koran as there are Christians who do not know what is in their Bible.
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