However, these weird or outlandish laws are actually on the books, whether they're enforced or not. We want to smash barriers between bureaucracy and the American people by delivering regulatory news straight to FreedomWorks activists. We like our sleep. It is an issue that many want to avoid, preferring instead to focus their efforts on other very worthy issues like sentencing and corrections reform. On Dec. 15, 1791, ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution — eventually known as the Bill of Rights — were ratified. 18 USC §1865 & 36 CFR §7.96(b)(3) make it a federal crime to harass a golfer in any national park in Washington, DC. We're asking people to rethink comments that seem similar to others that have been reported or downvoted, By using our services you agree to our use of cookies to improve your visit. 10 U.S.C. Washington, DC 20002. 18 U.S.C. A coalition of conservative leaders on Wednesday released essential principles that must guide any potential path forward for Congress to repeal Obamacare. Famed Chicago School economist Milton Friedman had many strong opinions over the course of his lifetime. Fight boredom with iPhones and iPads here. Sadly, America has a long way to go before women are equal in both law and practice, which is why so many women continue to bravely advocate against sexism every day. A local reporter wrote about it in the Idaho State Journal, and news of the law spread around the country.The American Bankers Association found out about the law and used the … There are plenty of urban legends and fake state laws circulating around the internet. @CrimeADay, which, as the name suggests, documents some of the ridiculous laws and regulations in U.S. Code and the Federal Register. You can use our key vote scorecards to see how they measure up. Many of these laws were written during a time when life was a lot simpler. §§330a & 330d make it a federal crime to attempt to change the weather without telling the Secretary of Commerce. We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. Government goes to those who show up. Until Congress to passes the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, we will just have to settle for Twitter. Here are some stupid Laws in America voted by your representatives. This lazy panda forgot to write something about itself. On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to cosponsor S. 2356 that would codify the Trump administration Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule definition of navigable waters. 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There's no doubt about it: There are some crazy, bizarre state laws that exist in the United States. Please enter your email to complete registration. §1857 makes it a federal crime to knowingly let your pig enter a fenced-in area on public land where it might destroy the grass. Your account is not active. Do not ever call "turkey ham" "ham turkey," or something. So as long as the officer doesn't ask you to stop it's not illegal? §1657 makes it a federal crime to consult with a known pirate. In Melbourne, it is against the law to vacuum between 10pm and 7am during weekdays, and 10pm and 9am during weekends. 40 U.S.C. It's unclear how enforced this law is, but the likelihood is that a cop would have to be at the right place at the right time to truly enforce this law. A Tale of Two Diseases: Coronavirus and Over-regulation, Support the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, H.R. Whoever runs the account will have plenty of fodder for a very long time. Blue Laws. On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to vote NO on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order CRA Resolution of Disapproval, S.J.Res. Check your inbox, and click on the link to activate your account. In 2013, the House Over-criminalization Task Force instructed the Congressional Research Service to provide a complete accounting of all federal crimes. You must have JavaScript enabled to use this form. And a lot of old laws, if they really exist, have to do with sex, religious beliefs, and cuddly animals. §105.7(a) make it a federal crime to skydive while drunk. They’ve all been in the law books at one time or another, and some still are. This is just one of the many strange laws in Tucson that likely came from “Old Western” times and specifies that people are not to wear clothes meant for the opposite gender. §234.7(c) make it a federal crime to willfully make an unreasonable noise at the Pentagon. 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In America and abroad many laws exist within state and national constitutions that are many times outdated, circumstantial, or just plain ridiculous. ... Or when German authorities imposed a fine of 100 Euros on a mother of an eight-year-old girl who refused to open her mouth for the school dentist. Stop doggy! Massachusetts laws predating the Revolution are still valid and in force. In Minnesota, you can’t chase a greased pig. By submitting email you agree to get Bored Panda newsletter. Shutterstock. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which FreedomWorks supports, does, in Section 109, touch on the issue. And if you're from Indiana that you are banned from catching a fish with your bare hands? For example, the New York law against people wearing masks in public places is to prevent a mass crime or a riot, since you don't know the assailant's identity undercover. §2674(c)(3) & 32 C.F.R. A very outdated law states that it is illegal for women to wear pants in Tucson, Arizona. Now, bear in mind, that the person on top, is also responsible for the laws, upon which, the whole democratic system is based. Until very recently there was a Massachusetts law dating from the time of King Philip’s War, before the Revolution, that made it illegal for Indians (i.e., aboriginal Americans) to stay in Boston over night. The good folks over at Olivet Nazarene University put together an infographic of some of the most outrageous, confusing and downright weird legislation instilled around our great nation. § 2074) Link Alabama; State code allows only 5 … Local law enforcement sentenced her "to come back to Gainesville often and ... eat lots of … What are they going to do? In 2009, a 91-year-old woman, who was visiting for her birthday, was "arrested" as a practical joke for breaking the law. What are you going to tell the dog if they do. Children aren't allowed to purchase cigarettes, but there is no law specifically stating that they cannot smoke them. Get the latest inspiring stories via our awesome iOS app! The graphic highlights the wackiest laws in each state, and while some are certainly antiquated rules that have "fallen through the cracks," others still apply in 2016. We respect your privacy. And laws are passed after voting of the Congress, sometimes public vote, and then an affirmation of the president. Introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc. The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act (officially known as the Tariff Act of 1930) is one of many nationalistic laws passed by the United States.Ostensibly, it was created to help protect American businesses and farmers from economic turmoil by raising tariffs on over 20,000 items by as much as 20 percent. We will not publish or share your email address in any way. 21 USC §333 & 21 CFR §102.39 make it a crime to sell onion rings resembling normal onion rings, but made from diced onion, without saying so, 18 USC §1382 & 32 CFR §636.28(g)(iv) make it a federal crime to ride a moped into Fort Stewart without wearing long trousers. We’re no longer in danger of English loyalists taking over our government. While these old laws are good for a laugh, outdated contracts unfortunately aren’t as comical - but are still quite common. You can read the paper excerpted below or in its entirety in the attachment at the bottom of this post or HERE. Governing a big country is a tough job, and you are bound to be hated by half of the population you're ruling. Let's keep in touch and we'll send more your way. Want to see how your legislators voted on key FreedomWorks issues? CPP sacrifices thousands of jobs, billions in growth, and lots of happiness. §1315(c)(2) & 45 C.F.R. While we … We have sent an email to the address you provided with an activation link. This is in no way enforced today, and women in the state are unlikely to run into any trouble as a result of wearing a pair of jeans; nevertheless, the law remains an official legal stipulation and a sign of certain less progressive times. FreedomWorks has discussed over-criminalization before. Though most of these laws sound incredibly dumb now, once they've had, or still does have, a real pretense. 16 USC §551 & 36 CFR §261.16(c) make it a crime to wash a fish at a faucet if it's not a fish-washing faucet, in a national forest. That's called breaking the law. Stupid Laws. 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FreedomWorks Originals provides you entertainment and education to help you better understand economics, the workings of government, and our insight into the most important debates facing our nation today. Hey, wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world? There is a law in South Carolina called the no “mock proposal” law, which states that anybody above the age of 16-years-old is not allowed to perform a proposal if they do not mean it. Along with the age thing, the Constitutional provision that one must be a natural born citizen to be president is also outdated. Many of those shaped the way we look at the world and the way we look at the economy. Here are some of the crazy and silly laws on the books, according to @CrimeADay. These laws are very absurd and don't actually provide any real use (unless to make me laugh). As a decision-maker, it is … 18. It is against the law to have sex with a corpse in Illinois or sell your eyeballs in Texas. In Canada it's illegal to drag a dead horse down the street in the day time. Please provide your email address and we will send your password shortly. 7 USC §1011(f) & 36 CFR §261.4(b) make it a crime to say something so annoying to someone that it makes them hit you in a national forest. On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and urge him or her to cosponsor the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, H.R. Introduced by Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind. As a criminal defense law firm in Chandler, AZ, we’ve made a list of the most bizarre, outdated laws in the US that are still on the books. 27 U.S.C. Source: US Code TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 50A > § 1091 Link; A United States federal law makes it illegal to issue a fake Weather Bureau forecast. It's not the only wackadoodle law that still exists in the States. 3972, if they haven’t already done so. 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