The Department of Justice is reportedly monitoring an Arkansas gun range that allegedly banned Muslims from shooting weapons on their property.
The DOJ was urged by several advocacy groups to conduct an investigation into Jan Morgan and the Gun Cave Shooting Range in Hot Spring, Arkansas, after Morgan declared the range a “Muslim-free zone” in September. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that the range was “systematically banning Muslims from a place of business.” The ban, according to CAIR, was “a violation of federal laws prohibiting racial and religious discrimination.” The American Civil Liberties Union also requested an investigation.
The Justice Department confirmed that it was “monitoring the matter,” but did not indicate whether it would launch an investigation.
“We welcome this positive development and hope it leads to a thorough investigation of clear violations of the civil rights of American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim by the gun range owner,” CAIR director Jenifer Wicks said in a statement.
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In September, Morgan garnered attention when she stated that her range would not “rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me.” A South Asian father and son were reportedly denied entry into the facility in January, and accused Morgan of racial profiling.
“We’re brown; I don’t know if she assumed we were Muslim,” one of the men, who requested to remain anonymous, said. “When she first asked us, she said, ‘I would hope if you were Muslim you guys wouldn’t be cowards and would be upfront about it.'”
Morgan said in a statement that she has been “under the watchful eyes of federal law enforcement authorities for a long time” due to “years of death threats” from Muslims. She said that she is prepared for an investigation should the Justice Department conduct one.
“I was prepared to fight this from day one,” she said. “I will close my business before I will make any compromises that could jeopardize the safety and security of the members who shoot here… [I] will continue to follow the advise [sic] of two agencies within the DOJ to protect and defend my own life, as well as the lives of innocent American citizens in my presence, from any and all threats of violence connected to, and or associated with any and all terrorist organizations.”
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