The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which advocates for the civil rights of Muslims, has asked US Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate The Gun Cave, the Hot Springs shooting range that stated it would begin openly discriminating against Muslims. The owner of The Gun Cave, Jan Morgan, announced on social media early last week that her business is a “Muslim-free zone.”
In a letter to Attorney General Holder, CAIR wrote in part:
“[The shooting range owner] appears to be misinterpreting the advice given to her and refusing service to all Muslims, which cannot be a correct interpretation of compliance with federal gun laws and the U.S. Constitution.
“Given the recent spike in anti-Muslim rhetoric, including Islamophobic statements by government officials, community leaders and media outlets, death threats, and other bias incidents targeting Muslims, I urge you to investigate this matter soon.
“CAIR believes that systematically banning Muslims from a place of business is a violation of federal laws prohibiting racial and religious discrimination and will inevitably result in a hostile environment for ordinary Muslims in Arkansas.”
CAIR sent copies of its letter to the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the governor of Arkansas, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and the ATF’s Little Rock Field Office.