NRA instructor hat campaign material?
The National Rifle Association has written a letter demanding the board of elections in Douglas County, Georgia, reverse an informal ban on pro-gun clothing at the voting booth.
“We are writing to insist that you immediately reverse the unlawful and unconstitutional policy prohibiting citizens from wearing items bearing the NRA name while voting,” the NRA’s lobbying arm wrote in the letter addressed to Douglas County Elections Supervisor Laurie Fulton, which was obtained by The Washington Times.
The letter comes after Bundy Cobb, who is certified by the National Rifle Association in firearms training, said he was ordered to remove his “NRA Instructor” hat before being allowed to vote early on Friday. He said a poll worker explained that the pro-gun garb was perceived as being too closely associated with the GOP and the tea party.
Georgia law prohibiting campaign materials “provides absolutely no support for the policy you have implemented, because the items such as a hat bearing the words ‘NRA Instructor’ are wholly unrelated to any political contest before the voters,” the NRA argued.
“This is a serious constitutional issue… attempting to scrub the polling place of any reference to the NRA is a blatant violation of the First Amendment,” said the letter, signed by NRA’s Deputy Executive Director David Lehman. “We insist that you immediately abandon your unlawful and unconstitutional policy.”