A Florida gun shop owner announced on Facebook Saturday that he will no longer sell or serve to the Muslim community.
“I have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all patriots in my community, and so effective immediately, I’m declaring Florida Gun Supply as a Muslim-free zone,” he said in the Saturday video. “I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”
Hallinan admitted that the new policy will be hard to enforce, but maintained that the rules are designed to keep his customers and the country safe.
“I’m not going to be asking every person who walks in what their religious background is. That’s not my business,” he told WFLA. “But I do have the right to deny firearms and training to anyone I deem as a threat.”
Hallinan explained in the gun shop video that the Tennessee shooting is a reminder that America is “in battle.”
“We are in battle, patriots, but not only with Islamic extremism,” he said. “We’re also in battle against extreme political correctness that threatens our lives, because if we can’t call evil, evil for fear of offending people, then we can’t really defeat out enemies.”
In addition to barring Muslims from the store, Florida Gun Supply will also offer free conceal carry classes and open its practice shooting range to the public, minus Muslims, so citizens can be properly trained to carry daily, Hallinan said.
“We want the public to be able to go out and practice in case we are ever called upon to defend our lives and or the community,” Hallinan said.
“Our leaders are telling you that Islam is a peaceful religion full of tolerance and love and hope. Don’t believe their lies,” he said in the video.
He also defended the Confederate flag, which was set as a backdrop in his video, before issuing his new policy. “This flag represents nothing but the rich heritage of the South,” he said.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for the Department of Justice to review the no-Muslim policy, which it claimed violates federal civil rights laws.
“These bigoted declarations are no different than ‘whites only’ signs posted in businesses during a period of our nation’s history that we had hoped was over,” CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said.
This isn’t the first time a business has tried to declare a Muslim-free zone. Last year, the owner of a shooting range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, said she was prohibiting Muslims from shooting on her property, citing security concerns after the Boston Marathon bombing and the Sept. 11 attacks.
The Justice Department confirmed in April it was monitoring the Arkansas gun range after requests by CAIR and the ACLU to do so.