As reported first by Right Side News in October, 2010, the original idea was the brainchild of Virginia Tea Party group 912 Richmond for a  special license plate bearing the legend DON’T TREAD ON ME, accompanied by the historic Gadsden flag. The citizens of Virginia ·can now express their support for smaller government and protest the Federal Government’s intrusion into the affairs of private citizens with their license plates.

At the  Virginia Tea Party convention, in the fall of 2010, 912 Richmond, gathered over 475 signatures in support of the issuance of the Gadsden plate, and Right Side News published the application, where Virginians downloaded hundreds more.  Plates can be ordered online at DMV here.  Read the history  of the Gadsden Flag here


Special thanks to Henrico County, Virginia, Delegate·John O’Bannon for proposing ·HB 1418 to in October of 20120 and with a boost from Del.William Howell, Speaker of the Virginia House, for the passage of the bill.  Special thanks goes to the hundreds of Virginians who submitted the needed applications to get this plate into production at DMV

According to·an article in the·Virginia Pilot, VA·Attorney·General Ken Cuccinelli’s spokesperson said he “loved the idea and would put the plates on his·car.” Cuccinelli is one of the·22 state AGs suing the Obama administration to·challenge Obamacare in court.

The Gadsden Flag is the perfect symbol for the resurgent·patrioticfervor sweeping our Nation. Read an interesting history of its development·here, at· Benjamin Franklin was an early proponent of the rattlesnake symbol. He observed that:

  1. The rattlesnake is found in no other corner of the world except America.
  2. She never begins an attack nor when once engaged, never surrenders…
  3. She never wounds ’till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.”

Franklin relates (emphases mine):

I confess I was wholly at a loss what to make of the rattles, ’till I went back and counted them and·found them just thirteen, exactly the number of the Colonies united in America; and I recollected too that this was the only part of the Snake which increased in numbers.

This is the best part:

’Tis curious and amazing to observe how distinct and independent of each other the rattles of this animal are, and yet how firmly they are united together, so as never to be separated but by breaking them to pieces.·One of those rattles singly, is incapable of producing sound, but the ringing of thirteen together, is sufficient to alarm the boldest man living.

·. The Gadsden flag license plate is a great way to express the spirit of·patriotic·resolve, and lets the left know we are here to stay. So let’s make Gadsden go nationwide.Here is a website with links to motor vehicle departments for every state.

For Virginia residents, to order your Gadsden Flag license plate,  Plates can be ordered online at DMV here