I hope you all love Fridays as much as I do! Not only because it’s the end of the workweek, but also because we get to learn about more wacky laws from around the country! Last week we saw some random laws from Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Missouri. Instead of going through the next 5 states in alphabetical order this week, I decided to change things up a bit. This edition will focus on the weird laws only from the state of Montana. I had no idea Montana had so many odd laws and I’d love to share a few with you. Here we go, enjoy!
True or False:
1) “It is illegal for an unmarried woman to ever fish alone.”
UNSURE. If this law is true it must be ancient, dating back to the days when women and men had designated gender roles. Lets think about this, what is a good reason for single woman not to be allowed to fish alone? I bet this law was enacted specifically for the benefit of the men in Montana. They probably needed a sure way to secure romantic dates such as fishing. Perhaps they were sick of getting rejected and enacted this law to have a reason to take girls out.
2) “Worrying squirrels will not be tolerated.”
TRUE. I’m really not sure how one can worry a squirrel, but it is apparently on the books in Excelsior Springs, Montana. I’d like to share my potential explanation of this law. I guess you can worry a squirrel by pretending you’re going to chop down the tree he lives in? Or maybe you can show the squirrel a chestnut and then quickly take it away and give it to another squirrel? Your guess is as good as mine. As always, opinions are welcome.
3) “Persons in possession of a pea shooter risk it being confiscated by police.”
TRUE. Uummmm… a “pea shooter?” The first image that comes to mind is little kids sitting around the family dinner table, shooting peas at their siblings. Surely, these kids hate eating peas because they don’t know the benefits of eating peas yet. And their mother is yelling at them telling them that peas are an important part of their diet. Enough of my ranting, as I’m sure that’s not the case. This law is on the books in Bilings, Montana and prohibits carrying “any air gun, "b-b" gun, gas operated gun, or weapon commonly known as a "pea shooter," "slingshot," or "beanie," or any instrument made for the purpose of throwing missiles.” Now it makes sense!
4) “It is illegal to bring a bomb or rocket to city council proceedings.”
TRUE. According to the law in Billings, Montana, explosives are prohibited at city council proceedings. So I wonder if you can bring any other weapons to city council proceedings… as long as they aren’t bombs or rockets of course.
Hope you enjoyed this version of Weird laws: True or False Edition. You’ll have to wait until next week for weird laws from the next 5 states (Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico)!
Are there any weird laws that you thought were false but ended up being true?
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