Guard at US ‘Mus­lim-free’ gun range shoots self

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS

A man guard­ing a small-town gun range that de­clared it­self a “Mus­lim-free” busi­ness dropped his gun and ac­ci­den­tally shot him­self.

Author­i­ties said a bullet struck the uniden­ti­fied man in his arm af­ter he dropped the weapon Tues­day. He was among sev­eral armed res­i­dents guard­ing the Save Your­self Sur­vival and Tac­ti­cal Gear store in Ok­taha, a town of 390 about 65 miles south­east of Tulsa.

The Coun­cil on Amer­i­canIs­lamic Re­la­tions says the Ok­la­homa busi­ness and ones in sev­eral other states have de­clared them­selves “Mus­lim- free,” and the or­ga­ni­za­tion has asked the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice to in­ves­ti­gate some for pos­si­ble civil rights vi­o­la­tions.

The armed lo­cals said they be­gan guard­ing the Ok­la­homa shop af­ter own­ers claimed they re­ceived death threats over the sign. The own­ers didn’t im­me­di­ately re­turn a mes­sage seek­ing com­ment about the al­leged threats.

“The way they were hold­ing their weapons, with the fin­gers on the trig­gers, you can tell a cou­ple of these gen­tle­men have no idea about weapons safety. It’s like the Clam­petts have come to town,” Musko­gee County Sher­iff Charles Pear­son told the online news out­let musko­geenow.com, com­par­ing the armed men to the fam­ily in the TV se­ries “The Bev­erly Hill­bil­lies.”

An op­er­a­tor of the store’s Face­book page di­rected re­porters to a state­ment posted late Tues­day that called the shoot­ing “an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent.” The state­ment claimed the man who shot him­self came over to the shop to help fix a door in the of­fice “and, as he bent over, his weapon fell from a mal­func­tion­ing chest hol­ster and went off when it hit the floor.”

“As far as the need to send armed cit­i­zens to pro­tect this busi­ness, we think it’s re­ally a shame they can’t rely on lo­cal law en­force­ment,” said Veron­ica Laizure, civil rights di­rec­tor for the Ok­la­homa chap­ter of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions.

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