A federal discrimination lawsuit filed by a Muslim activist group against a Florida firearms retailer who posted a “Muslim-Free Zone” sign has been dismissed.
U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom ruled that Florida Gun Supply owner Andy Hallinan’s statement was protected by the First Amendment and the activists couldn’t show that they were injured.
The plaintiff, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has 30 days to appeal the ruling.
The Florida gun store owner has banned Muslims from his establishment and says it’s his right to deny service to anyone he considers to be a threat. He made this decision shortly after the shootings at military installations in Chattanooga which resulted in 5 servicemen’s deaths at the hands of a murderous Muslim terrorist.
Hallinan declared his shop, Florida Gun Supply of Inverness, Fla. a “MUSLIM-FREE ZONE” in a video he posted online which went VIRAL!
(Video credit: CNN)
“I have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all patriots in my community, and so effective immediately, I’m declaring Florida Gun Supply as a Muslim-free zone,” Hallinan says. “I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”
“We are in battle patriots,” he goes on to say, “but not only with Islamic extremism. We are also in battle against extreme political correctness that threatens our lives because if we can’t call evil “evil” for fear of offending people, then we can’t defeat our enemies.”
“The general desire of [CAIR] in this case to have Muslims able to access [Florida Gun Supply’s] shooting range someday in the future is insufficient . . . There are simply no facts grounding the assertion that [CAIR] and/or one of its constituents will be harmed—[CAIR] has failed to allege when and in what manner the alleged injuries are going to occur,” Judge Bloom ruled, siding with Hallinan in the case and handing down a crushing defeat to CAIR. Bloom also ruled that the “complaint contains only bald, conclusory allegations devoid of factual enhancement.”
Consequently, the lawsuit was dismissed. In response to the victory, the AFLC released a statement applauding the ruling and accusing CAIR of waging “jihadi lawfare” on Americans through the courts.
“As our motion and now the court’s ruling make clear, CAIR’s lawsuit was patently frivolous if not outright dangerous,” wrote AFLC’s co-founder and senior counsel Robert Muise. “No firearms dealer or gun range owner for that matter should be required to sell weapons to or train anyone that the dealer or owner has reason to believe is a terrorist threat. We all have a civic responsibility to prevent the next terrorist attack. CAIR’s lawsuit was an effort to prevent business owners from doing so.”
AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi added the following:
“This dismissal was yet another AFLC victory against CAIR and its jihadi lawfare against patriotic Americans across the country. This victory follows on the heels of a recent victory against CAIR in a Michigan federal court where CAIR’s subpoenas were quashed and CAIR’s nefarious client sanctioned for abusive practices. CAIR was born from a jihadi terrorist conspiracy, and it has done little to distance itself from those bona fides. CAIR is on notice: if you attempt to use the courts to conduct your civilizational jihad, AFLC will be there to defend law-abiding, patriotic Americans and our nation’s national security. We will match and defeat your civilization jihad with our constitutional lawfare in every courtroom across the nation.”
Now that’s how you do it. I’m glad to see a federal judge issue a common sense ruling in line with Constitutional principles rather than toeing the politically correct line and bowing to CAIR’s ridiculous accusations.
Congratulations to Hallinan and the AFLC in their victory over the terror group. It not only helps ensure Americans are safer, but shows that ultimately, common sense will prevail over political correctness when both ideas are presented in the court of law.
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