INVERNESS, FL (WFLA) – Inverness-based Florida Gun Supply’s owner Andy Hallinan declared his store a “Muslim-free Zone,” in a politically controversial video posted on his business Facebook page.
Our sister station WFLA reports that the post was met with a mix of support and strong criticism, particularly from the Council of American-Islamic Relations, which is calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate federal civil rights violations.
In the video, Hallinan sits in front of a back-drop of a Confederate flag. He begins talking about Southern heritage.
“This flag represents nothing but the rich heritage of the South and the willingness of patriots to stand up against tyranny of all sorts,” Hallinan says.
He says there is more racism in the U.S. now than there was before the Obama administration got into office.
“Our leaders are telling you that the cross is a symbol of intolerance and hatred, bigotry and anti-homosexuality. Don’t believe their lies,” Hallinan says.
And then Hallinan says the country’s leaders are lying when they say Islam is a peaceful religion.
“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.”
Then the video takes another turn.
Hallinan announces he is offering free concealed carry gun classes and wants “patriots” to “get armed, get trained and carry daily… in case we are ever called upon to defend our lives or our community.”
He also declares his store a Muslim-Free Zone. He says this is in response to the recent shooting in Chattanooga, TN. “I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots,” Hallinan says.
The video, posted this weekend, already has more than 21,000 page views and hundreds of comments. CAIR responded with a news release calling for DOJ review. The organization is also asking for a review of another gun shop in New Hampshire that says it is also “Muslim-free.”
“These bigoted declarations are no different than ‘whites only’ signs posted in businesses during a period of our nation’s history that we had hoped was over,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “The Department of Justice must investigate these hate-filled and un-American business practices to determine whether federal civil rights laws are being violated.”