Many of you may remember the Florida gun shop that declared itself a “Muslim-free zone” back in July. The move sparked outraged, and it led to a lawsuit being filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Well, the results are in, and some people aren’t going to like the way this one turned out.
CAIR had brought a suit against Florida Gun Supply’s owner, Andrew Hallinan, claiming he was unfairly discriminating against Muslims by refusing them service. Hallinan disagreed, and he raised money for a legal defense, which led to the American Freedom Law Center representing him in court. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom handed down her ruling, according to BizPac Review, and she sided with the Constitution.
“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,” 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.
From the start, Hallinan said he was refusing service to anybody who he believed to be involved with terrorism, and no rational human being would think that’s a bad thing. Then again, CAIR has repeatedly proven they’re either not rational thinking humans, or their agenda trumps reason and logic, which seemed evident with their unwavering support for terrorist-in-training Ahmed “Clock Boy” Mohammad.
Either way, 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.