At the time, many wondered how the facility would be able to make the determination that someone had brown skin, but according to the Arkansas Times, America now has its answer.
“The answer, unsurprisingly, seems to be good old fashioned racism,” writes Times contributor Benjamin Hardy.
The news site was contacted over the weekend by a college student, who claimed he and his father went to the Gun Cave for a “round of target practice.”
Upon arrival, however, the source claims they were turned away.
“My dad and I used to go to this gun range,” said the student, who wished to not be identified by name, “but we haven’t had as much of a chance to go in recent years since I’ve been at college. It’s changed ownership recently.”
“When we went in, a woman asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’ We told her we were from Hot Springs. She said, ‘this is a Muslim free shooting range,’ so if we are [Muslim] and if we don’t like the rule, then leave. We said that we’re not Muslim, but my dad asked, ‘Why is it Muslim free?’ and they started having a conversation. Then, all of a sudden, I don’t know what went wrong, but she stopped us from filling out the paperwork and said ‘I don’t think you guys should be here.’ She told us to leave or she’d call the cops on us.”
The father-son duo decided to take the woman’s advice and leave, but had this to add.
“We’re brown; I don’t know if she assumed we were Muslim. When she first asked us, she said, ‘I would hope if you were Muslim you guys wouldn’t be cowards and would be up front about it.'”
The source said he was born in the United States and that he’d lived in Hot Springs for 10 years before going to college in a different Arkansas town. Still, he considers the city home.
He said that he’d heard there was a firing range with a “Muslim free zone” that had made headlines, but he didn’t investigate the matter enough to know that it was the Gun Cave at first.
When he did find out it was the place, he “kept quiet because I just wanted to have some fun and shoot some guns.”
The Times, a left-leaning news site in Arkansas, attempted to reach the Gun Cave by phone but were “met with a swift hangup” when they mentioned the publication’s name.
While Morgan, a conservative activist, owns the Gun Cave, it is not known whether she was the Times‘ point of contact or whether she’d told the South Asian father and son to leave the firing range.
Do you think the Gun Cave should be further investigated for discrimination against Muslim people, or should it be their right to turn away anyone they wish? Sound off in our comments section.