From IJReview: The Department of Justice announced Friday that it is monitoring an Arkansas gun range on the grounds that it refuses to allow Muslims from shooting weapons at the facility.
The Washington Post reported Friday that the department was “monitoring the matter,” but no indication was given as to whether or not a full investigation into the Gun Cave Shooting Range in Hot Springs, or its owner, Jan Morgan, would be launched.
The Justice Department’s action came about as a result of two advocacy groups requesting an investigation into the shooting range’s anti-Muslim policy.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote to the Department last year, arguing that the range was “systemically banning Muslims from a place of business” and that doing so was “a violation of federal laws prohibiting racial and religious discrimination.”
Upon hearing the news of the DOJ’s investigation, CAIR civil rights litigation director Jenifer Wicks told the Post:
“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.”
Morgan is apparently ready to handle whatever the DoJ can throw at her. She wrote on her website Saturday that she has “been under the watchful eyes of federal law enforcement authorities for a long time” because of “years of death threats” from Muslims:
“I have nothing to hide. I have no secrets from the federal government.”
She also told The Examiner that she will be ready to handle a federal investigation if one is ultimately launched against her, saying:
“I was prepared to fight this from day one.
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 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.”
She added that anything less “would be irresponsible, reckless, and life threatening.”
Morgan declared her gun range to be a “Muslim-free zone” last September:
I have officially declared my business, The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range, a MUSLIM FREE ZONE. My life has been… http://t.co/Jwe2HuQJql
— Jan Morgan (@JanMorganMedia) September 28, 2014
While many critics thought she would face a backlash in the form of reduced sales following the announcement, business soared despite the threat of a lawsuit or government involvement.
—Courtesy of IJ Review