Patriotic Gun Shop Owner SUED For Banning Muslims
July 31, 2015 12:33pm PST
Last week, we reported on Andrew Hallinen, the patriotic gun shop owner in Florida who banned Muslims from his store after the Chattanooga shooting.
Now, Hallinen and his shop, the Florida Gun Supply, are being sued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
After the Chattanooga terrorist attack, Hallinen uploaded a viral video in which he said that Islam is not “just another religion” and that he has a “moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all patriots.”
According to Newsweek, CAIR says that Hallinen’s ban singles out the followers of an entire religion for the actions of one man.
“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, wrote in a statement. “Such discrimination is not only illegal, it is bad for our country and makes us less safe and less free.”
Hallinen is being represented legally by senior counsel of the American Freedom Law Center Robert Muise, who calls the lawsuit “absolutely frivolous.”
“There is not one factual allegation of unlawful religious discrimination because no such facts exist,” Muise says. “The fact that Mr. Hallinan does not want to provide weapons training or to sell weapons to terrorists or those who are affiliated with terrorist organizations does not implicate any federal law whatsover.”
“This was and has to be a publicity stunt on the behalf of CAIR because that complaint is anemic,” Muise added.
What do you think about this ridiculous lawsuit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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