Soldier files discrimination lawsuit after being refused entry to gun range

Army reserve soldier Raja'ee Fatihah.

An Oklahoma man who is a soldier in the Army Reserves is cited as the plaintiff in a discrimination lawsuit filed by the ACLU.

Raja’ee Fatihah was refused entry to a gun range in Muskogee, Oklahoma after he identified himself as Muslim last October.

According to the lawsuit, “the owners armed themselves with handguns and asked if he was at the gun range to commit an act of violence or as part of a ‘jihad.'”

The gun range had a sign posted on the front door letting Muslims know they are not welcome at the time Fatihah visited.

“When I went to the range, I knew about the sign they had up…I thought that, by putting a face to the label of ‘Muslim’ and giving them some personal interaction, some personal engagement, I could help them to understand that there was nothing to fear,” said Fatihah in an interview with KFOR.

The owner of the gun range has said in the past that he doesn’t want anyone preparing for an attack on Americans by target practicing at this gun range.

The ACLU lawsuit claims the gun range’s policy is in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Oklahoma’s non-discrimination law.

It is illegal to limit access to someone based upon race, gender, religion, physical disability.

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