Justice Department will ‘monitor’ the ‘Muslim-free’ gun range in Arkansas

After calls for an investigation from at least two advocacy groups, the Justice Department’s civil rights division will “monitor” an Arkansas gun range that declared itself a “Muslim-free zone” last fall.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote the Justice Department last year about statements made by Jan Morgan, the owner of Gun Cave Shooting Range in Hot Springs. In the October letter, addressed to Attorney General Eric H. Holder, CAIR said that the range was “systematically banning Muslims from a place of business” and that doing so was “a violation of federal laws prohibiting racial and religious discrimination.”

The Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union also asked for a federal investigation.

The Justice Department confirmed that it was “monitoring the matter” in a brief e-mail to The Washington Post. However, the agency hasn’t indicated whether it has any plans to launch an investigation…