Two NRA Member attorneys score a significant victory upholding a young hunter’s right to advocate in favor of the Second Amendment.
Pennsylvania firearms rights attorney Jonathan Goldstein (NRA Member) and nationally known civil rights attorney Robert J. Frank (NRA Member) were retained by Dakota Lynn Carmack, a young hunter who was removed from his high school for wearing a hunting themed NRA t-shirt. Dakota’s favorite NRA t-shirt depicted an image of a hunter in blaze orange in a shooting stance, bookended by two trophy white-tail buck deer, and backed by the American flag. The lettering on the shirt stated “Homeland Security Starts Right Here”, “Proud Sportsmen Supporting the Second Amendment”, and “NRA.” On May 4, 2010 Dakata was pulled aside in class and told that his t-shit violated the school district’s policy prohibiting “violence or intolerance expressed on clothing….” Dakota was given the choice of changing shirts, wearing his shirt inside out, or leaving school. Dakota stood tall, refused to compromise his values and left school.
Jonathan Goldstein and Rob Frank drafted a detailed federal civil rights complaint setting forth Dakota’s clearly established First Amendment right to advocate on Second Amendment issues. Upon receipt of the complaint, the Greencastle-Antrim School District quickly settled the matter. The settlement included, among other terms, Dakota would have no disciplinary record, that he was allowed to wear his shirt, and perhaps most importantly, the dress code would be altered to recognize the protected nature of the expression of political views.
Jonathan and Rob remind all Second Amendment advocates that: “The ability to understand and apply civil rights law to issues impacting the Second Amendment is crucial given the recent recognition of the personal nature of Second Amendment rights.”
To receive a copy of the complaint in Carmack v. Greencastle-Antrim School District or to consult on civil rights matters impacting the Second Amendment contact:
Jonathan Goldstein, firstname.lastname@example.org, (610) 949-0444
Robert J. Frank, email@example.com, (304) 647-3290
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