An Arizona state senator, John Kavanagh, has proposed a bill that would make stealing the American flag a felony. Sen. Kavanagh introduced Senate Bill 1009, which would make stealing the stars and stripes a class 6 felony.
If the law passes, stealing a flag like stealing a gun or stealing an animal taken for the purpose of fighting. With a punishment of up to two years in prison.
Sen. Kavanagh said, “It occurred to me that when you steal a flag that someone is displaying other than for sale, you’re not only stealing the object but you’re stealing the person’s expressive right. People display the flag for patriotism or even for protest, and you are stealing their First Amendment expression rights.”
Missouri, alone among states, has passed similar law.
That said, the Federal law and ultimately the Supreme Court supersede state’s laws on this important issue.
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