Jan Morgan, owner of the Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, published a note on her website Sunday declaring her intention to ban Muslims from her business.
“The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range is now a a MUSLIM FREE ZONE,” Morgan wrote.
Morgan, who describes herself as a “nationally recognised 2nd Amendment advocate,” attributed her decision to the dangerous nature of her business.
“This is a live fire indoor shooting range. People come here to buy, rent, and shoot lethal weapons,” wrote Morgan. “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.”
Morgan, who did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider, went on to list the reasons she believes it would be poor judgement to allow Muslims at her gun range. She cited past experiences she claimed to have had with Muslims, terrorist acts committed by jihadist groups, and verses in the Koran that she said advocate violence against non-Muslims.
“I understand that not all muslims [sic] are terrorists. I also believe there are as many Muslims who do not know what is in their Koran as there are Christians who do not know what is in their Bible,” explained Morgan. “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.”
Rita Sklar, executive director of the ACLU in Arkansas told Business Insider Morgan’s declaration is “illegal.”
“It’s unconstitutional, it’s illegal under the Civil Rights Act. It’s a violation of the right to religious liberty,” said Sklar.
This post was updated with comment from Sklar at 4:37 p.m.
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