The Florida chapter of Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) has filed a federal lawsuit against a gun shop whose owner declared it a “Muslim-free zone” earlier this month. Andy Hallinan drew national media attention when he announced that he would “not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots” at his Florida Gun Supply in Inverness.
USA TODAY (h/t Rob E) He made the declaration that he had “a moral and legal responsibility” to take action days after a Muslim-American man went on a shooting rampage at two Chattanooga, Tenn. military facilities by a gunman that left four Marines and one Navy sailor dead.
In the lawsuit, CAIR-FL asks the court to grant an injunction against the gun shop, prohibiting it from discriminating against Muslims or instituting any policies or practices that discriminate or segregate people on the basis of religion.
Officials at CAIR-FL criticized Hallinan after he made the declaration for discriminating against an entire religion for the act of one person. Hallinan subsequently agreed to meet and train Hassan Shibly, CAIR-FL’s executive director.
But Hallinan later rescinded the invitation to Shibly after receiving a flood of e-mails and calls from (BNI) people that he said warned him that CAIR had been put on the United Arab Emirates’ list of designated terrorist groups.
Shibly is not named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, and he stressed that the lawsuit is about countering what he said was an “illegal” policy by the store to discriminate against Muslims.
The group says in its complaint, which was filed U.S. District Court in Ft. Lauderdale, that it represents Muslims “who have a right to purchase guns, browse guns, take classes on gun safety, shoot guns at the range, and visit the gun range for entertainment purposes and not be discriminated against.”
“Unfortunately, he caved in to a lot of the anti-Muslim pressure and anti-Muslim base that he’s pandering to,” Shibly told USA TODAY. “The main issue is that we don’t want segregation to rear its ugly head again in Florida.
When Andy refused to reconsider his position, when he refused to reconsider to be re-educated by CAIR thugs, refused to engage this community, refused to respect American law, we had no choice but to bring forward this lawsuit.”
Hallinan said in a brief telephone interview that he had not been served with the lawsuit and called the litigation “bullsh—.”
His attorney, Robert Muise, of the American Freedom Law Center, (AFLC) champions of free speech with much success winning lawsuits AGAINST CAIR for Pamela Geller, called the lawsuit “bogus” and that Muslims are not being discriminated against. He said Hallinan told Shibley that he would not meet with him because of his concerns about the group CAIR and not because of his religion.
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“Find in that complaint, one allegation of any Muslim who is discriminated against because of his religious beliefs,” said Muise, whose firm identifies itself as a Judeo-Christian, public interest law firm. “You can’t find any because the facts do not exist.”
“If there is anyone that is being turned away, they are being turned away for public safety,” Muise added. “It is bogus, frivolous and it will play itself out here over the coming weeks and months.
Muise noted that CAIR was implicated as an unindicted co-conspirator in 2007 case against the Chicago-area based Holy Land Foundation, which was found guilty of aiding Hamas, U.S.-designated terror organization.
Shibly says that inclusion on the list of unindicted co-conspirators was a tactical move by the prosecutors that chose to list dozens of Muslim organization as part of effort to broaden admissibility of hearsay evidence in the Holy Land case. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals later ruled that the Justice Department violated the Fifth Amendment rights of hundreds of Muslim groups and individuals when it included them in the unindicted co-conspirator list in 2007.
“CAIR tried in vain to have their name removed from the list of unindicted co-conspirators, but every court that looked at it said that there was sufficient evidence to list them as an unindicted co-conspirator,” Muise countered in an e-mail. “The only issue the court had with it with regard to CAIR was that it should have been filed under seal.”
On Tuesday, Muise said Hallinan was advised by federal agents to shut down his shop. They told Hallinan they were concerned about the intentions of a Muslim convert who had travelled from California to attend a class at Florida Gun Supply scheduled for that day, Muise said.
CAIR USEFUL IDIOT, Chris Martin, who is a Navy veteran, told WFTS-TV that ATF agents approached him as he left his hotel to head to the gun store and informed him Hallinan had shuttered the store. Martin stopped by CAIR’s Tampa office to tell the group about this plan, and officials with the organization informed him of his rights, Shibly said.
It is unclear how agents learned that Martin was coming.
Fearing a violent confrontation after being tipped off by the Feds, Florida Gun Supply owner chooses to close down for the day rather than allow a Muslim plant into his gun training class.
ABC News A U.S. veteran, who converted to Islam after serving in the Navy, traveled nearly 2,500 miles to test an Inverness, Florida gun store owner’s controversial policy to not serve the Muslim community. But as soon as he arrived the plan began to go off track.
“I told the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms) Agency what I was going to do, but I told them I’m not going to be confrontational or anything,” Chris Martin said. “Other than attend the training class.” Federal agents seemed on edge as they tried to determine the California man’s intent, stopping just short of asking the former Navy medic to call off his mission.
Martin came to meet Florida Gun Supply owner Andy Hallinan. He was brought here after seeing Hallinan’s YouTube video declaring his gun store a “Muslim free zone.” Martin wanted to test that theory and signed up for Tuesday night’s gun training class.
Martin served in Desert Storm, and after being honorably discharged in 1996, he became a Muslim. ATF agents were waiting for Martin just as he began to leave for the class. “They told me that they had the gun shop closed today, and they’ve actually been following me I guess since I got here,” Martin said.
Martin decided to go to the store anyway. It was store owner Andy Hallinan who chose to close down after hearing Martins plans. Over the phone, Hallinan said he felt like he’s been held captive in his own home and feared for his life.
CAIR-Florida released a statement, saying the gun shop owner’s policy is harmful to all Americans:
CAIR-FL is extremely concerned to learn that a U.S. Navy veteran who honorable served his nation was apparently denied services by Florida Gun Supply because of the veteran’s MUSLIM faith. Our nation’s heroes fought and died to preserve the liberty of all Americans to exercise their freedom without discrimination based on race or religion. Such illegal discrimination is precisely why CAIR-FL had objected to FGS’s offensive and illegal Muslim-free policy. It is harmful to all Americans, regardless of their race or religion, including those who served in our nations armed forces.
Chief Executive Director
Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Bobby Jindal, and former Senator Rick Santorum have already accepted.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Notorious Muslim Brotherhood front group in America, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) has the unmitigated gall to today to call on Republican presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC), Gov. Scott Walker (WI), former governor Mike Huckabee (AR), former governor Rick Perry (TX), Dr. Ben Carson, and Donald Trump to decline their invitations to a “national security forum” taking place this weekend in New Hampshire sponsored by renowned counter-terrorism expert and former FBI special agent, John Guandolo.
The New Hampshire event is co-hosted by Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy, which is part of the “inner core” of America’s Islamophobia network. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a well- known far-left wing/pro-communist organization that tracks so-called hate groups in America (excluding any and all Muslim hate groups like CAIR), named Gaffney as part of the nation’s “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.” (It also named Bare Naked Islam to that esteemed “inner circle”)
While CAIR is also urging presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA) and former senator Rick Santorum (PA) to cancel their scheduled appearances at the counter-terrorism summit, the UAE-designated terrorist group CAIR said those candidates all have a well-documented track record of seeking the endorsement of anti-Muslim hate groups or of making disparaging statements about Islam and Muslims, and are therefore likely to attend.