It turns out that in the state of Alabama you can’t drive with an “LGBFJB” license plate because someone in the state capitol has determined that such a license plate had “objectionable language”.
That’s the decision rendered by the state to Nathan Kirk, the man who proudly wears the plate on his Ford F-150. Kirk, owner of the Blount County Tactical gun store in Oneonta, Alabama, told AL.com he was prepared to fight the state via a First Amendment case.
“The Alabama Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, has determined that the aforementioned license plate contains objectionable language that the department considers offensive to the peace and dignity of the State of Alabama,” the letter reads.
Kirk maintains that these are just letters and are open to interpretation.
“My point is that these are letters,” Kirk told AL.com. “It could be my child’s initials. It could be my grandmother or my grandfather. They are just letters. It means nothing.
Kirk told the Trussville Tribune that he bought the Ford truck in October and decided to go the custom plate route. The plate finally arrived in January, due to what Kirk says was a shortage of aluminum to make the plate, and he threw his most prized possession at the truck.
In February, the state went after Kirk for the plate.
“It’s been on the road for a month and it was homologated a long time ago; it was approved immediately when I bought it,” Kirk told the newspaper. “They had no problem, taking the six or $700 it cost me.”
The state says Kirk has 10 days to return the plate or the truck’s registration will be revoked and he will be fined $500. Ultimately, the truck could be impounded because someone at the state level is offended by six letters on a piece of aluminum.
As has been the case across the country in other license plate showdowns, the key to winning battles against states is to create as big a stage as possible, which then makes the government vultures disappear.
Consider the case of the Idaho man behind the “OJDIDIT” license plate that was attached to his white Ford Bronco. I went to high school with this guy. The key to rolling back the state was a full offensive in the Boise media, including radio appearances.
Of course, Kirk will fight this and it will galvanize his clients against the state and the government machine. He will sell more guns, ammunition and his business will get national attention through this fight with the state.
Needless to say, the bureaucrat tasked with deciding that Kirk’s plate was reprehensible probably had no idea that this guy already had an audience and is now going to have an even bigger platform to point out the absurdity of the government. Miscalculation, government official.
Kirk is at a national media appearance in the state of Alabama, forgetting that they even sent this guy a letter.