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Official: Vermont flag burning law exists, isn't enforceable

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - After President-elect Donald Trump challenged the First Amendment right to burn the flag, some Vermonters may not know the state already has similar legislation, although it's not enforceable.

The Republican tweeted on Tuesday that burning the U.S. flag should be punishable by a year in prison or a forfeiture of citizenship.

Vermont Public Radio reports Vermont passed a law in 1941 banning - among other actions - publicly mutilating, defacing or defiling any flag, ensign or shield.

The law applies to the state flag and the national flag. Violators could face up to a year behind bars and a fine of up to $1,000.

The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that flag burning is protected free speech.

John Treadwell of the Vermont attorney general's office says the state law is "unenforceable."

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