If you like to travel, you may want to read up on the state laws of your destination first. The law is the law, no matter how crazy it may seem. You wouldn’t want to get a similar result that one Georgia man experienced when he dressed as a Star Wars Stormtrooper for charity. Now he’s facing a potential criminal record.
While not consistently enforced, there are some ridiculous laws that may catch you off guard and you could get charged with some hefty fines or even jail time.
Arizona – No Camel Hunting
If it is hunting season and you plan to visit Arizona, you should cross camels off your list. According to this strange Arizona law, it is illegal to shoot camels in the state of Arizona. Chances are that you will never find a wild camel roaming the Arizona deserts. However, this law was actually important in 1857 when camels were abandoned after being used by the Army. Back in those days, the Army used camels for transportation and the work usually completed by mules and horses. Camels were more adapt to the desert and could live on much less water.
Alaska – Don’t Get Drunk at a Bar
If you plan on having a few drinks at a local Alaska bar, you may need to reconsider. Alaska laws state that a person cannot get drunk at a bar and remain on premises. But wait, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of going to a bar for a lot of people? The law specifically states that an intoxicated person may not knowingly enter the premises where alcohol is sold. In 2012, law enforcement started cracking down and sending undercover officers to bars to arrest suspects.
Massachusetts – No Partial Star Spangled Banner Renditions
We all know the words to the “Star Spangled Banner” song and we hear it at every sports venue, parade and other events. However, if you don’t know the whole tune then you shouldn’t sing it at all, unless you want to be fined. In the state of Massachusetts, it is punishable by a fine of no more than $100 to sing or play the National Anthem other than as a whole.
New York – No Masked Marches
In the state of New York, it is illegal for three or more people wearing masks together to come together in public for a march or demonstration. This law was put into full force in 1845 when local farmers disguised themselves as Native Americans and killed their landlords.
Virginia – No Sex Unless Married
If you are in a relationship, but not yet married, you may want to hold off on paying Virginia a visit. Sex is completely banned in Virginia, except for married couples. No matter your age, your partner’s age or your length of relationship, breaking this law is a Class 4 misdemeanor.
Keep these wacky laws in mind next time you visit any of the above states.