A U.S. district court has thrown out a lawsuit against a Florida gun store owner, Andy Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, brought the lawsuit against Hallinan for establishing a “Muslim-free Zone” at his gun store.
“‘Muslim-Free Zone’ Stands: Florida gun store owner vindicated, CAIR lawsuit dismissed.” https://t.co/6uZEgtCobu
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) November 28, 2015
CAIR sued Hallinan alleging religious discrimination, claiming that Muslims were not allowed to purchase guns at Florida Gun Supply. The case was brought about when Hallinan used Youtube as a medium to announce that he would not arm terrorists who were intent on harming Americans. The YouTube video, where Hallinan makes his case, can be seen by clicking here.
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The reason the judge threw out the case was the fact that CAIR had not proved that its organization nor any of its constituents were harmed as a result of the establishment of Hallinan’s “Muslim-free Zone.” According to Fox13 News, Judge Beth Bloom said CAIR, “insufficiently alleged imminent harm,” and that, “There are simply no facts grounding the assertion that Plaintiff (CAIR) and/or one of its constituents will be harmed.”
FEDERAL COURT TO DISMISS DESIGNATED TERROR GROUP CAIR’S LAWSUIT AGAINST FLORIDA GUN STORE’S “MUSLIM FREE ZONE” https://t.co/d0b4UAn9pG
— Tim Brown (@FPPTim) November 28, 2015
Hallinan said, “I have never denied a Muslim the right to buy guns here because they’ve never tried to buy guns here…We laid out the facts. We laid out the evidence, and the evidence very clearly showed that I did not discriminate.”
A judge has dropped a federal discrimination lawsuit filed against a FL gun store owner and his ‘Muslim-free Zone’ https://t.co/HNFbGJVTDe
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CAIR’s Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly said, “The judge simply said that we didn’t have standing because nobody from our organization actually went and got service denied…If somebody from the Muslim community were to go and get a denial of service, then Andy will be liable. So we are very excited about that and it should be sending him a strong message once he gets over the initial elation.”
Check out the Fox 13 story here:
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It appears from Shibly’s comments that CAIR, or a member of the Muslim community may attempt to purchase a gun from Hallinan’s Florida Gun Supply in the near future. That could well bring the case back to court.
In the meanwhile, Hallinan is promoting his “Muslim-free Zone” bumper stickers, offering free range time, free concealed carry training, and shooting targets depicting terrorists holding AK-47’s.