144-7. Display of official governmental flags; public restrictions.

(a) A county, city, consolidated city-county, or unified government shall not prohibit an official governmental flag from being flown or displayed if the official governmental flag is flown or displayed:

(1) In accordance with the patriotic customs set forth in 4 U.S.C. 5-10, as amended; and

(2) Upon private or public property with the consent of either the owner of the property or of any person having lawful control of the property.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, for the purpose of protecting the public health, safety, and welfare, reasonable restrictions on flag size, number of flags, location, and height of flagpoles are not prohibited, provided that such restrictions shall not discriminate against any official governmental flag in any manner.

(c) For purposes of this section, an "official governmental flag" shall mean any of the following:

(1) The flag of the United States of America.

(2) The flag of nations recognized by the United States of America.

(3) The flag of the State of North Carolina.

(4) The flag of any state or territory of the United States.

(5) The flag of a political subdivision of any state or territory of the United States. (2005-360, s. 1.)