- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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.”

Ms. Fulton explained earlier this week in an interview with a local news station that “in an overabundance of caution, Mr. Cobb was asked to remove the hat so that no one could interpret that we were playing any favoritism over one party over the other.”

She later told The Daily Caller, however, that there is no clear precedent at the state level prohibiting NRA apparel.

Instead, she said the policy came about last week after she consulted a colleague when a voter complained about a different man wearing an NRA hat.

“I consulted with one of my contemporaries in another county,” she told The Daily Caller. They agreed that the NRA hat “fell under the same sort of grey area” as a ruling that supposedly barred voters from wearing a “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt, which is popular among tea partyers.

She was unable to recall if that ruling came from the Georgia Supreme Court or the state election board, The Daily Caller reported.

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