An Arkansas gun range will no longer allow Muslims on its premises. Jan Morgan, the owner Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs says that she the right to ban people from the business to ensure the safety of all patrons.
"The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range is now a MUSLIM FREE ZONE," Morgan wrote on the company’s website.
"This is a live fire indoor shooting range. People come here to buy, rent, and shoot lethal weapons. 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,” Morgan wrote.
"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. Since I have no way of discerning which Muslims will or will not kill in the name of their religion and the commands in their Koran…I choose to err on the side of caution for the safety of my patrons."
However, Arksansas ACLU executive director Rita Sklar says that Morgan’s decision is unlawful.
"It's unconstitutional, it's illegal under the Civil Rights Act. It's a violation of the right to religious liberty," said Sklar.
Publication date: October 1, 2014