The owner of a gun range in Hot Springs, Arkansas this week declared that her business was a “Muslim Free Zone.”
In a post on her website, Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range owner Jan Morgan explained why she had decided to ban all Muslims.
“This is not a coffee and donut shop. This is a live fire indoor shooting range,” she wrote. “In the range, people are shooting guns in close proximity to each other, so my patrons depend on me and my discretion regarding who I allow to shoot beside them. One mistake in judgement on my part could cost innocent people their lives.”
To back up her decision, Morgan pointed to the Koran, which she said had “109 verses commanding hate, murder and terror against all human beings who refuse to submit or convert to Islam.” And she said that she had received death threats from Muslims for publicizing those verses.
Morgan also linked her decision to recent crimes by Muslims, including a beheading in Oklahoma, the Boston bombing, the 2009 Fort Hood shooting and the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Two muslims walked in to my range last week with allah akbar ring tone and message alert tones on their smart phones. They spoke very little english, one did not have proof of U.S. citizenship, yet they wanted to rent and shoot guns,” she wrote. “Their behavior was so strange, it was unnerving to my patrons. No one would enter the range to shoot while they were there. Some of my customers left.”
Morgan argued that her federal firearms license gave her the discretion to deny service to people “if I sense an issue with their mental state.”
She agreed that not all Muslims were terrorists, but that it was impossible to tell which one were so all of them had to be banned.
And she reasoned that the First Amendment of the Constitution did not protect Muslims because Islam was a “theocracy,” not a religion.
“In summary, people who shoot at my range come from all religious backgrounds… some are atheists,” she concluded. “I do not care about their religious beliefs until or unless those beliefs command them to commit violent crimes against innocent people and I witness those crimes increasing, as we all have lately.”
“I will do whatever is necessary to provide a safe environment for my customers, even at the cost of the increased threats and legal problems this decision will likely provoke.”