In another case of government overreach, Alabama officials threaten to revoke a man’s vehicle registration if he does not voluntarily surrender a custom license plate. The reason: the plate in question allegedly insults President Joe Biden.
According to the Trussville Tribune, Nathan Kirk ordered a custom license in October, when he purchased a new Ford truck.
The plate reads: “LGBF JB.” Also stamped on the plate is the Revolutionary War-era patriotic slogan, “Don’t Tread on Me.”
Some have deduced that the LGBF JB” letters are an acronym for the anti-Biden phrases, “Let’s go, Brandon” and “F*** Joe Biden,”
The conclusion is supported by Kirk’s “Let’s Go Brandon” license plate frame around the rear plate.
Kirk notes there was a delay in receiving his plates. When checking on the status, Kirk was told the delay was due to “an aluminum shortage.”
The plates arrived in January. Kirk states that no concerns were expressed when he placed his custom plate order or during his multi-month wait for the plates.
However, almost four months after Kirk purchased his truck and ordered the custom plates, State officials sent a letter demanding the plates be returned. According to AL.com, the plates “contain objectionable language which is considered by the Department to be offensive to the peace and dignity of the State of Alabama.”
Nathan Kirk, is the owner of Blount County Tactical, a gun store in Oneonta. A report in AL.com noted Kirk said, “Nothing about it is right. Someone at Montgomery, I’m assuming, doesn’t like it, and now they’re throwing a fit.”
The letter gave Kirk 10 days to surrender the license plates to a county official or the vehicle registration would be revoked.
The letter was dated Feb. 17.
“It’s 100 percent suppression of First Amendment rights,” Kirk claimed.
“The regulations are supposed to be enforced before the plates are manufactured and issued,” Kirk asserted, “not a month after the plate is sent to a customer.”
Kirk states he has received significant public support and been encouraged to fight the license plate revocation with legal action.
“Most people only think it’s free speech if it only represents a certain aspect of the country or a certain portion of the country,” Kirk said.
“That’s not what the First Amendment is about. I have the right to put a tag on my vehicle and it can say what I want it to say.”
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