Judge Rules In Favor Of Gun Store Owner With 'Muslim-Free Zone' Sign (Video)

| by Daniel Rivera
Andy Hallinan holding up "jihadist target practices"Andy Hallinan holding up "jihadist target practices"

In November, a Florida gun store's ban on Muslim customers was upheld by a federal judge. The owner of the gun store has since posted a video (below) announcing his victory.

U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom dismissed a lawsuit against Andy Hallinan's decision to make his gun store a "Muslim-free zone," WFLA reports. Hallinan is the owner of Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, Florida.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida filed the lawsuit against the store and its owner Andy Hallinan in July, saying that the ban discriminated against Muslims on the basis of religion.

“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 at the time the lawsuit was filed, according to WFLA.

“Such discrimination is not only illegal, it is bad for our country and makes us less safe and less free," Shibly added.

Bloom said CAIR and its members could not prove that they were injured by the store's policy, despite the organization saying the policy violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Following his victory in court, Hallinan posted a video to his Facebook page. In the video, he promoted his new "Muslim-free" products --  which included "jihadist target practices" and bumper stickers.

According to a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, 70 percent of Americans believe Muslims face discrimination.

The poll also found Americans' perceptions of Islam have become more negative over the past few years. Forty-one percent of Americans in 2011 reported Islam was at odds with American values, and that number has increased to 56 percent in 2015.

Sources: WFLA, Public Religion Research Institute / Photo Credit: Video Screenshot / Video Credit: YouTube