While most of our laws are obvious and reasonable, some laws seem…a little strange, even humorous as I wrote last Friday, in Dumb Legislation: You Can’t Bathe Your Donkey but You Can Buy a Gun. Click here if you missed it (you won’t believe these laws). Here are a few more states with unusual laws, yet they fail to enact strict gun control laws to keep its citizens safe.
Strange Law: It is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting. Why, because the moose might overhear and bolt?
Gun Law: A permit is not required for the purchase of a handgun, rifle, or shotgun; a person does not need to register the gun or be a licensed owner.
Strange Law: It’s illegal to make pickles that can’t bounce. In fact, once upon a time, a pickle company was sued because its pickles could not bounce, which made them ‘bad’.
Gun Law: A permit is required to purchase a handgun, rifle, or shotgun. You must register the rifle, shotgun or an assault weapon, but do not need to register a handgun. You also need to be a licensed gun owner to own any gun in the state – handguns, rifles, shotguns, and assault rifles. The only case where a permit is required is to carry a handgun.
Strange Law: A person can’t kill a dog using a decompression chamber. Really? Is this a thing? Who has access to a decompression chamber anyway? Michigan also bans alligators from being tied to fire hydrants; this may make some sense in Louisiana or Florida (not really), but how many alligators are there in Michigan?
You do not need a permit to purchase or carry a rifle and shotgun carry, nor do you need to register the gun. For a handgun, you need a permit to carry the gun and the gun must be registered, but you don’t need to be a licensed gun owner.
Mark M. Bello is an attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series. He is also the CEO of Lawsuit Financial and the country’s leading expert in providing non-recourse lawsuit funding to plaintiffs involved in pending litigation, a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.
Experienced attorney, lawsuit funding expert, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series. The series features super-trial lawyer Zachary Blake handling "ripped from the headlines" legal and political issues of the day. The series currently consists of Betrayal of Faith, Betrayal of Justice, Betrayal in Blue, Betrayal in Black, and Betrayal High, with a sixth Zachary Blake novel due out later this year. To learn more about these topical social justice legal thrillers. please visit markmbello.com. Mark is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.