Gilmanton (NH) Reverses Course on Banning Free Speech

On March 2, 2018 New Hampshire Public Radio posted an online article about the town of Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Residents posted signs that read “We support Gilman police, even if the selectmen don’t.” However, only a few people (including a former selectman and the parents of the police chief) were threatened with punishment for alleged zoning violations.

The New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union advised the selectmen that this would violate the First Amendment. At a selectman board meeting on March 1, the selectmen went behind closed doors with the city attorney for  approximately an hour, and when they emerged, they recanted their plans to take any action against the people who posted the signs. The full article can be read at the following link.

Wade Swormstedt

Wade Swormstedt

Wade is Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry. Formerly he was Editor and Publisher of Signs of the Times magazine.

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