7 Dumb Laws That You’re Probably Breaking Right Now!
We live in a free, democratic republic – right? We don’t live in a police state – do we?
I honestly used to agree with both of these statements, but to be quite honest, now I’m really not so sure. It seems that every day, the forces of Government impose more and more laws and restrictions that impinge on our personal liberties. Laws that ultimately benefit those in power, while keeping the citizens downtrodden.
Did you know that there are more than 4,500 federal crime on the statute list, with an additional 300,000 plus of regulations that will see you in court if violated? No, you didn’t misread those figures. I find that quite horrifying, because it means that Federal and State forces can always find a way to lock you up if desired.
Here’s a list of 7 dumbass laws that you’re quite likely breaking right now without even realizing it:
1. Leaving Your Teenager at Home, Alone
The laws for how old children have to be to stay at home alone vary greatly from state to state. Some states don’t have any law concerning the matter. Others issue recommendations but don’t enforce a specific age requirement. In Illinois, however, leaving your 13 year old at home alone is cause for legal action — and could result in jail for parents. On the flip side of that coin, Kansas allows children as young as 6 to be left alone. The entire list can be found here.
2. Friendly Bets
shaking-handsThere’s no harm in placing a friendly wager with your friends on the ballgame this weekend, right? But if more than $2,000 is involved in a single day, you could be handcuffed and led away. The Illegal Gambling Act of 1970 states that any gambling that violates state or local law, involves five or more people, and involves $2,000 or more in a single day is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
In 2005 a guy named Sal Culosi found this out the hard way when a cop overheard him betting with his buddies in a bar. The cop befriended Culosi and egged on the betting over a few months until Culosi finally crossed the $2,000 threshold in a day. That evening a SWAT team arrived at Culosi’s house to arrest him, but a trigger-happy member of the team put a bullet in his heart as soon as Culosi opened the front door, and he died.
3. Possession of a Permanent Marker
There are more than a few states where it’s actually illegal to buy a permanent marker for a minor, including California — where it’s legal to buy marijuana with a doctor’s note. The justification comes from attempting to prevent or curtail graffiti. Surely they don’t enforce this law, right? The 13 year old in Oklahoma who wrote on his desk in permanent marker would disagree, as he was taken into custody for possessing one. In Oklahoma City, it’s illegal to possess a permanent marker on private property.
4. Getting Lost in the Wrong Place
Bobby Unser is best known for winning the Indianapolis 500 three times, but he’s also made news for being convicted of a federal misdemeanor. What did he do? He got lost in a blizzard. Unser and a friend were caught by a blizzard near the New Mexico/Colorado border where Unser lived, and survived a harrowing 2-day ordeal before they were rescued.
In the process, they accidentally drove a snowmobile onto a National Forest Wilderness Area, for which he faced six months in prison and a $5,000 fine. He was ultimately only fined $75, but was convicted of a federal misdemeanor. Unser appealed his conviction all the way to the Supreme Court but was unsuccessful at having it overturned… Read More
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