A state lawmaker who served in Iraq wants to ban U.S. or Iowa flags that are made in other countries.
Rep. Ray Zirkelbach, D-Monticello, said he would introduce a bill that would prohibit the sale of foreign-made flags in Iowa.
"I personally don't want my coffin draped in a Chinese-made flag when I pass away," Zirkelbach said.
Under the proposal, business owners an operators could face fines of up to $625 if they sell a flag made in another country. They also could face up to 30 days in jail.
The measure also would apply to missing in action or prisoner of war flags.
Americans imported $5.3 million of foreign-made flags in 2006, most of them from China, according to the Flag Manufacturers Association of America.
That was down slightly from 2005. The flag makers group has worked to decrease the number flags imported into the country.
Jane Carberry, an owner of A-D Flag Headquarters in Des Moines, said she supports Zirkelbach's plan.
She said her business, open since 1958, has never sold a foreign-made flag.
"Foreign-made flags can be produced quite a bit cheaper, so they can sell them cheaper," Carberry said. "It's hard to compete."