It was shortly after the shooting deaths of five service members at two military installations in Chattanooga that a Florida gun store owner made national news, declaring his firearms business a Muslim-free zone. Now he’s making news again, this time after a court ruled in his favor following a lawsuit alleging religious discrimination by his business.
Andrew Hallinan was sued by the terrorist-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) following his controversial declaration, but a judge just dismissed the case, saying Hallinan was within his First Amendment rights to say what he did. CAIR vows to appeal the ruling.
“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,” the federal court decided, according to an article on Bizpac Review.
Hallinan and Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, Florida, were represented by the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC). Their Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Rober Muise issued a statement following the judge’s ruling:
“As our motion and now the court’s ruling make clear, CAIR’s lawsuit was patently frivolous if not outright dangerous. 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,” he wrote. “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.”
Fellow AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi said via his statement, ““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.”