A gun range owner who in 2014 banned Muslims from her business as a matter of 'public safety' has announced that she now intends to stand for governor in the US state of Arkansas.
Republican Jan Morgan officially announced her candidacy at a New Year's Eve event in her hometown of Hope Springs, Arkansas. She will be challenging incumbent Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson in May.
Ms Morgan, who has served as national spokesperson for Citizens for Trump, created a storm in 2014 when she claimed Islam was 'not a religion' and should not be afforded protections under the US Constitution.
Ms Morgan, who says she has been threatened before, wrote a rambling blog post two years ago: 'Why would I want to rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me?'
Ms Morgan's Facebook account reflects her fervent support for the right to bear arms
Ms Morgan says that Nazis and Ku KluxKlan supporters would be equally unwelcome on her gun range
Ms Morgan has regularly appeared on Fox News to articulate her conservative views
Commentators say that Ms Morgan's bid to become Arkansas governor is unlikely to succeed
Ms Morgan has served as national spokesperson for Citizens for Trump
She agains drew publicity two years ago when she turned away a Hindu father and son from her gun range.
The men, of Indian descent, said they had arrived hoping to shoot but were immediately asked where they were from and told it was a Muslim-free range.
Ms Morgan has claimed that business is booming since her Muslim ban and that threats of a lawsuit by federal civil rights enforcers have failed to materialise.
In a bizarre blog post two years ago, she asked why she should 'rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to