A man is suing both the state of Georgia and election officials in Douglas County for restricting his ability to wear an NRA instructor hat during early voting in October.
The man, Bundy Cobb, a veteran, owns and operates a firearm instruction school called True Aim Defense in Douglasville, Georgia. According to the True Aim Defense website, the school offers a three-hour course called “NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation” and an eight-hour course called “NRA Basic Pistol Shooting.” Cobb, a certified NRA instructor, teaches both classes. Cobb is also an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War.
Cobb was allegedly told to remove his NRA hat by an election official when he went to vote in Douglasville this October. According to the Daily Caller, the worker told Cobb that his hat could be considered electioneering because “the NRA is perceived to be associated with Republicans.”
Cobb has since filed a civil rights suit under the guidance of the Southeastern Legal Foundation. Shannon Goessling, the foundation’s executive director, released the following statement about Cobb’s case: “The lawsuit filed today seeks declaratory and injunctive relief to redress and prevent the rights of Mr. Cobb and all registered voters in Douglas County against unconstitutional restrictions on free speech and free association under the U.S. Constitution. This should never happen again in Douglas County, in Georgia, or in any jurisdiction in the U.S.”
Cobb has claimed that his hat was not intended to represent any form of political affiliation, and he wore it simply to represent and promote his business.
Sources: The Daily Caller, True Aim Defense / Photo Credit: Daily Caller