A Federal District Judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against a Florida gun supply store that had advertised itself as a “Muslim Free Zone.” The judge cited the freedom of speech rights guaranteed by the 1st Amendment of the Constitution and said that the plaintiff failed to demonstrate that anyone was harmed.
In a 12-page decision, Judge Beth Bloom said this:
“There are simply no facts grounding the assertion that Plaintiff (CAIR) and/or one of its constituents will be harmed.”
In response, Andy Hallinan, the owner of the store, said this:
“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.”
Anticipating that the issue isn’t necessarily closed, due to the exact wording of the dismissal, the Florida Director of CAIR made this statement:
“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.”