Group Battles Virginia's Confederate Flag License Plate Ban

Published: Oct. 30, 2015 at 3:57 PM EDT
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Some members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans aren't giving up the Confederate battle flag without a fight.

Attorneys are challenging Virginia's recent recall of license plates which show the image of a Confederate battle flag. The challenge was first filed in state court on behalf of a Virginia commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).

A federal judge agreed that the state could outlaw the plates, but this filing in Brunswick Circuit Court takes aim at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Earlier this month, the DMV required the old plates to be swapped out for new plates they provided which don't picture the Confederate emblem. Members of the SCV had until Oct. 4 to swap out their plates

Earlier this fall, the DMV reported that out of the 1,600 Confederate flag license plates, only 187 had been returned. Some who didn't want the replacement plates sent them back, writing "no, thank you."

It is considered a misdemeanor to drive with the old plates. Still, some are defying the change.