Are there any people of color on here, who carry for fear of hate crimes?
I am one, and I get the impression that the gun community consist mostly of white males. Though I have never been made to feel uncomfortable by the people here, I attribute that to vigilant moderators and the anonymity of the internet.
I am a white male but have shooting buddies who are asian and black. As a whole the shooting community has always been very embracing of minorities. Now, to be fair the non-white shooters I know are middle class and don't look like hip-hop thugs. I suspect that the shooting community may be much more closed to non-whites who sport a dress and lingo far from main stream. I don't know if this is because of a general dislike/separation from that group or because the shooting community fears firearms-related problems.
So, I know you say you are bearded, but do you otherwise present as a middle class average person? You maybe experiencing some 'anti-islam' backlash where the shooting community members who see you fear that it's just more likely that any sales or training will come back to bite them in the butt, same way 4 young black men pulling up to a gun shop in a black escalade, all of them wearing hip-hop cloths may be judged as 'too much of a risk'
This may not be a good thing, but I think it is the reality.
I guess maybe the test would be if a gun shop owner is as quick to kick out guys that look like hell's angles, skinheads, gangsta-rappers, and traditional-dressed Iranian-Americans.