CAIR Lawsuit Against “Muslim Free Zone” Gun Shop – Dismissed
INVERNESS (CITRUS) – You may remember Andrew Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply and outspoken Second Amendment Rights Activist, who protested SunTrust Bank’s decision to close the accounts of several gun shop owners. Hallinan is making headlines again, but this time for declaring his business a Muslim Free Zone, due to his growing concerns of Jihad entering the United States. Click the following link to watch Hallinan’s video on Muslim Free Zone. The declaration sparked outrage among Muslims and even prompted a lawsuit by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The lawsuit filed in July claims that Hallinan’s action was a violation of religious freedom, specifically by singling out Muslims from other religions based solely on their faith. Hallinan’s attorney, and Senior Counsel with the American Freedom Law Center, David Yerushalmi disagrees and says CAIR didn’t provide proof that damages occurred because they lacked specific injury. “There are no facts demonstrating that Plaintiff was (or will be) unlawfully discriminated against. There are no facts demonstrating that Plaintiff has attempted to purchase a firearm from Defendant and was denied on the basis of its religion or has attempted to attend a gun safety class and was denied on the basis of its religion or attempted to do anything at Defendant’s retail gun store and was denied on the basis of religion. And there are no allegations that Plaintiff will attempt to do any such activities at Defendant’s retail gun store in the future and be unlawfully denied on the basis of religion. Thus, Plaintiff has not alleged facts to demonstrate actual present harm or a significant possibility of future harm,” says Yerushalmi.
We spoke to Hasan Shilby, attorney for CAIR, Florida, who says Federal Judge Beth Bloom, an appointee of the Obama Administration, dismissed their case based on a technicality and not on its merits. I asked Shibly if this case compared to that of the Colorado Baker who was fined for not catering a gay wedding, he said, “No, it’s more along the lines of not serving an African American.”
Shibly says CAIR plans to file an appeal and if that fails, he will simply send Muslims to Hallinan’s gun shop to make purchases – if he refuses to sell to a Muslim – then he has violated their Civil Rights.
Hallinan says he happy with the outcome and refuses to back down on his beliefs.
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