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Three men claim racial discrimination after being denied service at gun range

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A south suburban gun store owner is being accused of discrimination after he refused service to three men who tried to use the store's shooting range.

The three African-American men filed a police report after say they were told to go shoot at a range frequented by other black people.

Eric Fountain, Bryant Scott, and his uncle Carl Scott say they got a shocking reception when they recently visited the Glenwood Gun and Pistol Range to take target practice.

"His exact words were 'Where the hell are your FOID cards?' Like, wow, okay," Carl recalled.

Carl Scott is a federal homeland security agent licensed to carry a gun and all three men have current valid Firearm Owner Identification Cards.

They say the store's owner also asked to see their driver's license. When the address on Carl's license didn't match the address on his FOID card, he showed the owner his federal police ID.

"He proceeded to say 'No, I'm not having this. Get the F out of my store and go to where you people are allowed to shoot. Go to Chuck's,'" Carl explained of his encounter with the store owner.

Chucks is a gun store in nearby Riverdale, which has nearly twice the black population of Glenwood.

"It was an act of discrimination," Fountain claims. "I don't see it any other way."

So FOX 32 went to the gun shop and shooting range to talk to its owner.

Off camera, the owner denied making any racial statements and said he has the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. The manager says he called police when the men became belligerent.

Glenwood police interviewed all parties and made a report but filed no charges.

"It's 2014 and we come to have a good time, and we shouldn't be subject because of our color, our race, or anything. Because we're successful black men," Bryant told FOX 32 in an interview.

We checked and found state law requires anyone using a gun range in Illinois has to present a valid FOID card but there's no requirement they show any other identification.

An ATF spokesman says gun shop owners are generally given wide latitude about using their gut instinct to decide who they can allow in their store but race shouldn't be a factor as alleged by these three men.

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