The state of Alabama is instructing Nathan Kirk, the owner of Blount County Tactical, to surrender his personalized license plate because it contains “objectionable language.”
What does it say exactly?
Well, the plate itself simply reads, “LGBFJB” with “Don’t Tread On Me” written on the bottom. This is apparently unacceptable to the bureaucrats who run the department.
“The Alabama Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division, has determined the above referenced license plate contains objectionable language,” they wrote in a letter dated Feb. 17, addressed to Kirk’s wife, Courtney, whose name the truck’s officially registered under.
“Which is considered by the Department to be offensive to the peace and dignity of the State of Alabama,” they continued.
Kirk told AL.com that there’s nothing vulgar or obscene about the plate.
“I say “forget,” instead of the other word,” he explained, suggesting an alternative interpretation could be Let’s Go Brandon Forget Joe Biden.
“My point is, it’s letters,” Kirk said, referencing the plate for which he paid $700 for back in October. “It could be my kid’s initials. It could be my grandmother or grandfather. It’s just letters. It doesn’t spell anything.”
Kirk said he’s received a lot of support from the community and is currently considering legal action to keep his plate.
“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, and that’s not what the First Amendment is about,” he said.
“I have the right to put a tag on my vehicle and it can say what I want it to say,” he added.
The state, meanwhile, set a deadline for Kirk to comply.
“Failure to surrender the license plate within ten (10) days of receipt of this notice will result in the revocation of the vehicle registration,” the letter reads.
“Please be advised that operation of a vehicle with revoked registration may subject the vehicle owner to a maximum fine of $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for the second or subsequent offense,” it continues.
Stay tuned for updates.