SAN ANTONIO- 88 Tactical in Omaha is a shooting range that doubles as a place of entertainment. Along with firearms training classes, it offers a restaurant, 24-hour fitness center, and event spaces. He plans to add Pickleball courts and other amenities.

88 Tactics, sometimes called “guntry club”, talked about opening of sites in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Houston, among others.

The company is frequently accused of using white nationalist and Nazi symbols and imagery.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League88 is a common white nationalist symbol.

“88 is used throughout the white supremacist movement, not just neo-Nazis,” the ADL said. “It can be found as a tattoo or as a graphic symbol; as part of the name of a group, publication or website; or as part of a pseudonym or email address. »

“88 stands for ‘Heil Hitler,’ because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet,” the Southern Poverty Law Center states in its ” Glossary of racist skinheads.”

The company says that is not true and that it abhors white supremacy. In a blog post titled ” THE TRUTH BEHIND OUR NAME“, 88 Tactical said the name is derived from Signal 88, a radio code used by Nebraska law enforcement to indicate that a location is secure.

Shea Degan, CEO of 88 Tactical and former law enforcement officer, named his first company, Signal 88 Security, after the code.

“If you’re wondering why the state of Nebraska chose the number 88 for this code, you’ll have to ask them,” 88 Tactical says on its website.

The company’s logo – “88 Tactical” emblazoned with a red eagle – has also sparked discussion. Some say it evokes the nazi eagle.

Twitter user @kohenari posted a thread listing 88 tactic-affiliated products with possible white nationalist associations, including a Black Rifle Coffee Company coffee blend called Silencer Smooth.

“SS” is prominent on the coffee bag, which @kohenari saw as an allusion to the Schutzstaffel, Nazi regime’s elite security force.

@kohenari also posted a photo of a topographic wallpaper section at 88 Tactical displaying a location with an elevation of 1488ft.

According to the ADL, 1488 is a symbol of white supremacy referring to the 14-word slogan: “We must ensure the existence of our people and a future for white children”.

“Together, the numbers form a general endorsement of white supremacy and its beliefs,” the ADL said. “As such, they are ubiquitous within the white supremacist movement – ​​in graffiti, graphics and tattoos, even in screen names and email addresses.”

In response, the company said a design firm created the wallpaper, using a file photo, as part of an exhibition of “World War II memorabilia, relics and military artifacts from the ‘era”.

“We had no idea what 1488 meant…but as soon as it came to our attention, we immediately took it down and redid the wall coverings,” the company said. “We always have, and we always will completely denounce white supremacy.”

In August, the Omaha Police Department planned to give away 88 outdated tactical ballistic helmets and other obsolete equipment in exchange for ammunition magazines worth more than $3,000, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported. Objections from activist groups quashed the deal, according to the Omaha World Herald.

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