Florida gun shop offers $25 off weapons with the promotional code 'Muslim' - to honour 9/11

He used the promotion apparently to 'protect his fellow patriots'

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A controversial gun shop owner in Florida is offering $25 off weapons with the promotional code "Muslim", in rememberance of the 9/11.

Florida Gun Supply owner, Andy Hallinan announced on Twitter that his shop would be giving the discount on guns, as well as a free car wash and beer included, to any customers who entered the code online.

The shop owner wrote on Twitter that: "Islam is evil at its core."

"I don’t believe that every Muslim is evil at their core," Mr Hallinan clarified however to MSNBC on Friday.

"But I do believe that the extreme political correctness in the U.S. leads to loss of life. And that’s why I have promotions like these designed to combat that kind of political correctness," he said.

In July Mr Hallinan announced that his gun shop is a "Muslim-free zone" following the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left five U.S. service members dead, killed by Muslim-American, Mohammad Abdulazeez.

He also started to offer free concealed-carry classes and shooting range visits, encouraging all non-Muslims in his community to "take this opportunity to get armed, get trained and carry daily."

The Council on American Islamic Relations filed a federal lawsuit against Mr Hallinan on the basis that he was discriminating against Muslims' freedom of religion.

In order to help pay for his legal fees, Florida Gun Supply sold paintings of the Confederate flag by George Zimmerman online.

Mr Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 for the high-profile shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Earlier this month in another controversy, Mr Hallinan spoke out against the Black Lives Matter movement, which he called a "joke that’s leading to deadly violence."

When asked who he would vote for in the 2016 presidential election, Mr Hallinan said: "I believe that the nation is in such a crisis right now, we need a savior not a politician," Hallinan said.

"Donald Trump is my hero because he will not back down, and neither will I."