Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 578
Miscellaneous Offenses
Section 578.095

August 28, 2014


Beginning January 1, 2017--Desecration of flags--penalty.

578.095. 1. A person commits the offense of desecrating a flag if he or she purposefully and publicly mutilates, defaces, defiles, tramples upon or otherwise desecrates the national flag of the United States or the state flag of the state of Missouri.

2. The offense of desecrating a flag is a class A misdemeanor.

(L. 1980 H.B. 965 § 1, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

Effective 1-01-17

(2014) Section is overbroad and is facially unconstitutional under the First Amendment. Snider v. City of Cape Girardeau, 752 F.3d 1149 (8th Cir.)

Until December 31, 2016--Desecration of flags--penalty.

578.095. 1. Any person who purposefully and publicly mutilates, defaces, defiles, tramples upon or otherwise desecrates the national flag of the United States or the state flag of the state of Missouri is guilty of the crime of flag desecration.

2. National flag desecration is a class A misdemeanor.

(L. 1980 H.B. 965 § 1)

*This section was amended by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17. Due to the delayed effective date, both versions of this section are printed here.

(2014) Section is overbroad and is facially unconstitutional under the First Amendment. Snider v. City of Cape Girardeau, 752 F.3d 1149 (8th Cir.)


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