- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A father and son of South Asian descent say they were turned away from an Arkansas gun range because it’s declared by its owners as a “Muslim-free” zone.

The father and son, who are not Muslim but have brown skin, said they were questioned about their religion and background while filling out paperwork at the Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs, Raw Story reported.

The Gun Cave first made national headlines in September when proprietor Jan Morgan announced on social media that she was banning Muslims from her establishment out of fear for the safety of her patrons.

“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,” she wrote at the time. “One mistake in judgment on my part could cost innocent people their lives.

“Since I have no way of discerning which Muslims will or will not kill in the name of their religion and the commands in their [Koran], I choose to err on the side of caution for the safety of my patrons,” Ms. Morgan said.

The father and son pair, who did not want to be named, told the Arkansas Times that they were in the process of filling out paperwork at the range over the weekend when the woman, presumably Ms. Morgan, suddenly told them to leave.

“Then, all of a sudden, I don’t know what went wrong, but she stopped us from filling out the paperwork and said, ‘I don’t think you guys should be here,’” the son said. “She told us to leave or she’d call the cops on us.”

The men decided to leave to avoid trouble, he said.

“We’re brown — I don’t know if she assumed we were Muslim,” the son told the Times. “When she first asked us, she said, ‘I would hope if you were Muslim you guys wouldn’t be cowards and would be up front about it.’”

The Gun Cave responded to the accusations on its Facebook page, calling it “pretty ridiculous stuff.”

“We don’t discriminate against people based on their skin color,” it wrote. “We have a number of people with all colors of skin who shoot here, including Indian / Hindu religion folks who have joined our membership and some of them actually have sought out my services for private training, which I provided.

“We do however, refuse to allow people to shoot here who display behavior that is irrational or might indicate they are under the influence of alcohol or mind altering drugs,” the post said, without elaborating further. “We are dealing in lethal weapons here. I turn anyone away that I feel presents a safety and security risk to other patrons.”

The Gun Cave then posted photos of some of their Hindu members and said that business is booming precisely because of their selective membership. Ms. Morgan posted a similar message on her own Facebook page.

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