A self-proclaimed "Muslim-free" gun shop in Florida was sued by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Florida) in federal court on Wednesday.
The lawsuit filed in a Fort Lauderdale district court accuses Florida Gun Supply, located in Inverness, of setting discriminatory measures that go against federal public accommodations law.
“American Muslims have a right to browse and purchase guns, take classes on gun safety and shoot guns at a range without having to be profiled and discriminated,” Hassan Shibly, Chief Executive Director of CAIR Florida, said in a press statement. “Such discrimination is not only illegal, it is bad for our country and makes us less safe and less free.”
CAIR-Florida asks for an injuction against the gun store that would prevent them from discriminating against Muslims and crating policies that discriminatie on a religious basis.
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Andrew Hallinan, the gun store's owner, directed inquiries to his attorney, Robert Muise, from the American Freedom Law Center.
Muise told Reuters that the lawsuit is "absolutely bogus", and that the store had not discriminated against anyone.
"Find in that complaint, one allegation of any Muslim who is discriminated against because of his religious beliefs," he said to USA Today. "You can't find any because the facts do not exist."
Hallinan, 28, uploaded a video to the store's Facebook page on July 17, announcing the store as a "Muslim-free zone" after the Chattanooga shootings a day prior that left four Marines and a Navy sailor dead.
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"I have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all patriots in my community, and so effective immediately, I'm declaring Florida Gun Supply as a Muslim-free zone," Halliman says in the video. "I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots."
After the video's publication, Hallinan invited Shilby to attend a gun class at Florida Gun supply and explain the Koran to him, but their meeting was soon cancelled.
Photo Credit: Florida Gun Shop Facebook page via USA Today