Jan Morgan, an Arkansas gun advocate who declared her firing range a “Muslim Free Zone,” said she will challenge Gov. Asa Hutchinson in the GOP primary in May.
The gun range owner announced her candidacy on New Year’s Eve, although Newsweek reported that she had been soliciting campaign contributions via a campaign website earlier in 2017.
In a campaign video, Morgan described herself as “a born again Christian, a genetically conservative wife, mother, small business owner [and] certified firearms instructor,” The Independent reported.
“I am committed to fight for you, but I can only do so much from the position of citizen activist,” she said. “If you want me to be your voice, I need a better position to fight from. Strategically speaking, that would be the governor’s seat.”
Morgan drew attention in 2014 after declaring her gun range a “Muslim Free Zone” on social media platforms.
“The Koran (which I have read and studied thoroughly) and (which muslims align themselves with), contains 109 verses commanding hate, murder and terror against all human beings who refuse to submit or convert to Islam,” she wrote on her website.
“Since I have no way of discerning which muslims will or will not kill in the name of their religion and the commands in their koran, I choose to err on the side of caution for the safety of my patrons, just as I would anyone else who aligns himself with an organization that commands him to commit crimes against innocent people.”
In her bid to unseat Hutchinson, Morgan said the governor was someone who "campaigns like a conservative Republican but governs like a liberal Democrat," Arkansas Online reported.
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