A Florida man said on Tuesday he intended to “offend as many people as I could” when he declared his gun shop a “Muslim-free zone” following the shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn., in which five U.S. service members were killed.
In interview with CNN on Tuesday, Florida Gun Supply owner Andrew Hallinan said his goal was to “offend as many people as I could so we could start a conversation about the political correctness that has become overly extreme here in the United States.”
Hallinan said it would be a hard policy to enforce.
“It’s a pretty unenforceable action right? I can’t, by law, ask each and every person who comes through my doors what they’re religious background is,” Hallinan told CNN. “But the ATF expressly gives me the right and the authority to deny service to anybody who I feel is a threat for any reason.”
Hallinan said this “case-by-case” analysis would not be based simply by first or last names.
Here’s the original video, in which Hallinan declared, “We’re in battle, patriots.”
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