Why Some American Flag Ads Say ‘Not available in MN.’
Have you ever seen an ad for the Flag of the United States of America and then saw, "Not available in Minnesota" in little letters? Well, here's why.
In 2007, Minnesota passed a law prohibiting the sale of USA flags made outside the USA. According to this source,
The flag law itself specifies no penalty for violators or enforcement mechanism, but Minnesota has a default statute that makes any prohibited act that carries no specific penalty a misdemeanor and imposes a fine of up to $1,000, up to 90 days in jail, or both (Minn. Stats. § 609.03).
Other interesting laws about the US Flag in other states (source):
- Arizona law requires public schools and higher education institutions to display, in each classroom, an American flag that is at least two feet by three feet and made in the United States (A.R.S. §§ 15-506, 15-1445 (16), and 15-1526 (17))
- Massachusetts law requires each school committee to supply each public school under its control with a U.S. flag that is (1) at least two feet long, (2) made of silk or bunting, and (3) manufactured in the United States (M.G.L.A., Ch. 71 § 69)
- Tennessee requires all official U.S. and Tennessee state flags purchased under a state contract to be manufactured in the U.S. (Mitchie's Tenn. Code, § 4-1-301(d))
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