The website Law & Crime put out a list of the top ten most bizarre laws in the nation. Apparently, not every American legislator was the equivalent of a Thomas Jefferson or James Madison.
Indiana: It is illegal to sniff glue. This one relies on intent. You’re breaking the law if you do it to get high. The substances in question include what the law calls “model glue,” or a substance that contains toluene (found in paint thinners), acetone (nail polish remover), and freon (air conditioning systems).
Boy, if I had a nickel for every time I stood in front of the air conditioner waiting to get high… oh wait, I’ve said too much.
New Jersey prohibits the use of bulletproof vests “while engaged in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to commit” a crime from a specified list. These are murder, manslaughter, robbery, sexual assault, burglary, kidnaping, criminal escape and assault.
So, if you’re planning to murder someone, leave the vest at home; unless you want to be arrested.
In Tennessee, you can’t duel anyone if you want to run for public office. You know a prohibition is serious when it’s in a constitution. Under Tennessee’s governing charter, you cannot run for office if you engage in a duel. (H/T – AOSHQ)
That said, if you’re NOT planning on running for office, fire away! Literally.