(Patriot Insider) – According to a new report coming out of The Western Journal, the Alabama Department of Revenue has issued a threat to revoke an Oneonta man’s vehicle registration if he does not give up a custom license plate that apparently contains some sort of insult to Joe Biden.
A report from the Trussville Tribune has revealed that Nathan Kirk ordered the custom license plate when he purchased a new Ford truck back in October. The design of the plate contains the words “Don’t Tread On Me,” along with the snake from the Gadsden flag.
“For the personalized portion of the license plate, Kirk chose the letters ‘LGBF JB.’ Many people deduced these letters were meant to stand for the anti-Biden phrases ‘Let’s go, Brandon’ and ‘F*** Joe Biden,’ a conclusion seemingly supported by the ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ license plate frame Kirk put around it,” the report said.
“Personalized license plates in Alabama are supposed to take two to six weeks to arrive, the Tribune reported. However, this period passed and Kirk’s temporary paper license expired before he was issued the new plate. Kirk said the state blamed the delay on an aluminum shortage,” the report continued.
Back in December, Kirk reordered the license plate and finally got it in January.
All through the process, Kirk stated, no one had raised any sort of concerns about the content of the personalized plate.
However, in February, the state Department of Revenue mailed a letter to Kirk’s wife, Courtney. The truck with the license plate was registered in her name.
“The Alabama Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division, has determined the above referenced license plate contains objectionable language which is considered by the Department to be offensive to the peace and dignity of the State of Alabama,” the letter read, according to the report.
Personalized tag in Oneonta recalled for ‘objective language’https://t.co/WNDMLeemtK
— The Trussville Tribune (@TrussTribune) February 25, 2022
So many sensitive folks… it’s literally a string of letters, leave it alone
— Jason helmich (@jason_helmich) February 28, 2022
“The letter said Kirk had 10 days to return the license plate before his vehicle registration would be revoked, and it was dated Feb. 17. If he drove the vehicle without a valid registration, he would be issued a $500 fine for the first offense and a $1,000 fine for each additional offense,” the report from WJ said.
Kirk stated that he was very surprised to get the letter last month.
“It’s been on the road for a month, and it was approved a long time ago; it was approved immediately when I bought it,” he went on to tell the Tribune. “They didn’t have any issue taking the six or seven hundred dollars it cost from me.”
“Kirk guessed that during the period between his original order and this letter, a state official caught wind of the license plate and decided to suppress it,” the WJ report said.
“Nothing about it is right,” he remarked, according to a post from the New York Post. “Someone at Montgomery, I’m assuming, doesn’t like it and now they’re throwing a fit.”
Kirk pointed out that the license plate does not contain any vulgar language. He also pointed out that there’s no real way to prove what his intentions with these letters was to insult the president.
“It’s 100 percent suppression of First Amendment rights,” Kirk said to the Tribune. “It could stand for anything; I just kind of like those letters. I could get the letters FFFFFF, and it could stand for anything.”
“Alabama Department of Revenue regulations prohibit license plates with ‘objectionable language or symbols which are considered by the Department to be offensive to the peace and dignity of the State of Alabama,'” the report added.
But, the regulations are supposed to be enforced before the plates are actually “manufactured and issued,” not a whole month after the plate is sent out to the customer.
Along with this, Kirk stated, the letters do not actually spell out a vulgar word, nor does it inherently stand for offensive language. An individual’s interpretation of the letters may come to that conclusion, but that doesn’t mean that’s what it actually stands for.
“My point is, it’s letters,” the man stated, according to the report from the Post. “It could be my kid’s initials. It could be my grandmother or grandfather. It’s just letters. It doesn’t spell anything.”
“Department of Revenue rules say a resident may appeal a revocation or denial of a personalized plate with the Alabama Tax Tribunal. Kirk told AL.com many supporters have urged him to fight the decision with legal action in order to defend his First Amendment rights,” WJ reported.
“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,” Kirk commented. “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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