- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Muslim group is calling on the Department of Justice to investigate a Florida gun store owner after he declared his business to be a “Muslim-free zone.”

In a video posted to YouTube, Florida Gun Supply owner Andy Hallinan stood in front of the Confederate battle flag and said, “I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”

After giving a brief history on the Confederate emblem, Mr. Hallinan said last week’s deadly attack on military recruiters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by a Kuwait-born Muslim was the final straw for him. He accused American politicians of misleading the populace in the name of political correctness.

“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.

He claimed Americans are in a 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 our enemies,” he said.

The video, which was posted at the weekend caused at least one of his employees to quit and demands for an investigation by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

CAIR said the store policy violates federal law and is calling for the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the situation, a local ABC affiliate reported.

CAIR “today said it will call on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate possible federal civil rights violations by businesses in Florida and New Hampshire that have been declared ‘Muslim free zones,’” the group said in a statement.

“CAIR says that systematically banning Muslims from such businesses is a violation of federal laws prohibiting racial and religious discrimination in public accommodations,” the statement said.

Mr. Hallinan said he has added extra security around his shop in expectation of backlash, but in an interview Tuesday on CNN, he said Muslims would be welcome in his store if they verbally denounce jihad.

“I’m not denying guns to Muslims who read the Koran. I am denying guns to Muslims who believe the Koran exactly the way it’s written and wish to establish a caliphate, a one-world order, and kill unbelievers for not believing,” he said.

Similarly, Mr. Hallinan said would not serve a Ku Klux Klan member or any person with the intent to commit mass murder. He said the policy will be enacted on a case-by-case basis.

“The vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving, normal, everyday Americans,” he added.

In an earlier interview, he told a local CBS affiliate that if Muslims “come in here and they say, ‘Hey, I don’t believe in jihad. And I don’t believe that killing some innocent people in the name of religion is the right thing to do,’ [then] they’re as American as you or I.”

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