Arkansas Gun Range Owner That Banned Muslims Announces Her Candidacy For Governor

Back in 2014, Arkansas gun range owner Jan Morgan made headlines for her controversial decision to ban Muslims from her facility. Fast forward to today, and she’s back in the spotlight for a different reason.

Morgan has announced that she’s seeking the Republican nomination for Governor in her home state. As the Daily Mail shares, Morgan made the announcement at a New Year's Eve event in her hometown of Hot Springs.

There’s nothing to suggest that incumbent Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson will be stepping aside, so Morgan faces an uphill battle. In addition to owning a gun range, Morgan has served as national spokesperson for Citizens for Trump.

Despite that, she remains best known for her decision to make her gun range a ‘Muslim-free zone.’ At the time that she made that decision, she justified in a blog post in which she wondered why she should “rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me?”

Her post also included her views on the Koran, which she feels contains “109 verses commanding hate, murder and terror.”

Morgan notes that she came to the decision after some visits from what she deemed as suspicious customers. The fact that she heard a ringtone of 'Allahu Akhbar' sealed the deal in her mind, and she also claims that there have been threats made against her life by Muslims.

At the height of the controversy, Morgan was reached for some additional comments by Fox News.

“We are dealing in lethal firearms,” Morgan said. “I'm not going to let a Nazi shoot in here, or a Ku Klux Klan member in here, either.”

The gubernatorial candidate has also provided additional clarity on her stance

“I understand that not all Muslims are terrorists. I also believe there are as many Muslims who do not know what is in their Koran as there are Christians who do not know what is in their Bible,” she said.

“Since I have no way of discerning which Muslims will or will not kill in the name of their religion and the commands in their Koran, I choose to err on the side of caution for the safety of my patrons.”

Morgan has also made it clear that she’s no fan of Hutchinson. She’s described the sitting governor as a “RINO’ - Republican in name only - in posts on social media.

As she sees it, Hutchinson is “campaigning like a conservative Republican but governing like a liberal Democrat.” As for specific policy differences, Morgan has noted that Hutchinson hasn’t been conservative enough when it comes to gun rights, and she also says that he hasn’t done all that much to challenge sharia law.

It’s unclear exactly how much sharia law matters to voters in Arkansas, but we’ll assume that Morgan has some other cards up her sleeve to contrast her candidacy with Hutchinson’s ability to lead the state. Observers that are tuned into Arkansas politics note that it’s unlikely that Morgan would be able to unseat the sitting governor.

Regardless, it’s pretty safe to say that Morgan will be able to attract attention for as long as she remains in the race. Whether that’s a good thing for her candidacy or not remains to be seen.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Jan Morgan/Facebook

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