- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The proprietor of an Arkansas shooting range announced on social media Sunday that she is banning Muslims from her establishment out of fear for the safety of her patrons.

“This is not a coffee and donut shop. This is a live fire indoor shooting range. People come here to buy, rent, and shoot lethal weapons,” writes Jan Morgan, owner of the Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs. “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.”

In a move that would surely end up in court, Ms. Morgan wrote in her blog that she is banning Muslims because, “Why would I want to rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me?”

The gun range owner said she doesn’t believe Muslims are protected by the U.S. Constitution, because “the U.S. Constitution does not protect a theocracy.”

“Islam is the union of political, legal, and religious ideologies. In other words, law, religion and state are forged together to form what Muslims refer to as “The Nation of Islam,’” she writes. “It is given the sovereign qualities of a nation with clerics in the governing body and Sharia law all in one.”

She concludes by promising to do “whatever is necessary to provide a safe environment for my customers, even at the cost of the increased threats and legal problems this decision will likely provoke.”

Her blog post received nearly 12,000 shares with both positive and negative feedback before it was deleted from her website halfway through the writing of this report. A Facebook post making the same announcement was also subsequently deleted.

Ms. Morgan did not return repeated requests for comment.

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