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Justice Department takes look at Arkansas's 'Muslim-free" gun range

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click to enlarge MUSLIM FREE: Gun range owner Jan Morgan back in the news. - JANMORGANMEDIA.COM
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  • MUSLIM FREE: Gun range owner Jan Morgan back in the news.

Remember the Gun Cave Indoor Gun Range in Hot Springs, declared a Muslim-free zone by its owner Jan Morgan? It stirred quite a bit of comment here previously. The story was stirred up when Asian men (Hindus, not Muslims) said they were barred.

Max Blau of The Guardian reported yesterday that the Justice Department has responded to an outcry from several places about a religious test for use of a public business. The Civil Rights Act prohibits religious discrimination in public accommodations.

After calls for an investigation, the US Department of Justice recently confirmed that officials are keeping an eye on the shooting range for allegations of civil rights violations.

Morgan, a second amendment supporter, firearm instructor and television investigative journalist, confirmed over the phone knowledge of the federal government’s decision to monitor her business, but referred the Guardian to an essay she posted this week by way of a response . In it, she writes that she banned Muslims from firing guns at her range because of her responsibility “for the safety and security of innocent people from all races and backgrounds who handle firearms in my facility”.

...Morgan, who justified the policy because of Gun Cave’s status as a private club with paid memberships, claimed to be in compliance with federal law, as explained to her by an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). According to Morgan, the Federal Bureau of Investigation also said Isis-affiliated militants currently located in Arkansas could target her based on her past remarks about the religion.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it had heard from the Justice Department April 17 in a brief letter that said it had begun to monitor the gun range, but the letter didn't elaborate on whether any further action was planned.

In response, Morgan wrote that federal authorities will keep tabs on her whereabouts not due to her wrongful actions but to protect her after receiving “years of death threats” from Muslims.

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