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Marco Rubio Says Muslim-Americans Should Not Be Banned From Gun Ranges

During a presidential forum with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said it was "immoral" for a recreational gun range to ban Muslims from their facility.

An audience member asked Rubio about the incident, where a Muslim-American army reservist was denied access to the facility in Oklahoma. Rubio said, “The story you just told me is wrong. It’s immoral. We should not be doing that to people. The bottom line is there are millions of patriotic Muslim Americans.”

A lawsuit against the gun range was filed by 29-year-old Raja’ee Fatihah, a board member of the Oklahoma chapter of the Muslim Council on American-Islamic Relations. The gun range owner argues that Fatihah was denied service because he was “belligerent” and that the “Muslim-free” signage in his business was protected by free speech.

Rubio went on to say, “Our issue is not with patriotic Muslim Americans. It’s not even with Islam. It is with radical jihadis. It with radical Islam, which is a politicization and a radical ideology that threatens Islam."

Rubio added, “I think we are capable of recognizing the threat of radical Islam without having to demonize an entire religion, especially those Americans here that are so loyal to America.”

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