An owner of a Muskogee County survivalist store and gun range confirmed Thursday that his business has a sign posted on its window indicating the facility is a “Muslim free establishment,” an act that has drawn criticism and raised legal questions from a national Muslim civil rights advocacy group.
Chad Neal, who is one of the owners of Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear in Oktaha, said the sign was posted in response to the July 16 shootings at two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which left six people including the alleged perpetrator, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, dead.
The sign states in capital letters, “This privately owned business is a Muslim free establishment, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.”
“We do not want to have any jihadis training on our gun range and then going down to our local armed services office and having better marksmanship than they showed up with,” said Neal, an Iraq War veteran. “I’ve seen what Muslims and jihadis do to people. It’s just not going to happen in my store.”