Oh, what a surprise. Remember that bigoted gun range owner from Arkansas who declared that she would not allow any Muslims in her business (illegally, I might add)? She clearly equates all dark-skinned people with Muslims and turned away a father and son from the gun range, a clear violation of both state and federal law.
The Times was contacted over the weekend by a college student from Hot Springs who went to the Gun Cave with his father for a round of target practice.
They’re not Muslim, but they do happen to be South Asian. They were told to leave by a woman, presumably Jan Morgan, the owner.
“My dad and I used to go to this gun range,” said the young man, who asked not to be identified by name, “but we haven’t had as much of a chance to go in recent years since I’ve been at college. It’s changed ownership recently.”
“When we went in, a woman asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’ We told her we were from Hot Springs. She said, “this is a Muslim free shooting range,” so if we are [Muslim] and if we don’t like the rule, then leave. We said that we’re not Muslim, but my dad asked, ‘Why is it Muslim free?’ and they started having a conversation. 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.’ She told us to leave or she’d call the cops on us.”
Not wanting to cause a scene, they left.
“We’re brown; I don’t know if she assumed we were Muslim,” he continued. “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 student told the Times he was born in the U.S. and lived in Hot Springs for ten years before going to college in a different Arkansas town; he considers Hot Springs his home.
Both Arkansas state law and federal law forbids businesses from refusing to serve anyone on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion. I hope they file a complaint over this so this bigot gets the legal smackdown she so richly deserves.