15 Strange State Laws That Still Exist Today

Our nation has always been governed by a strict set of laws; some have evolved over time, some have been completely removed, and some… well, some have been simply forgotten. Most states still have at least one law that makes even the most stoic of judges do a double take; the following list of silly state rules includes 15 of the most unbelievable laws that are still in effect today. Although most of them involve clear cut common sense, make sure you remain mindful of them; should you find yourself in one of the states mentioned below, this may be the only chance to have to avoid the long arm of the law.

1. Bear Wrestling Matches Are Prohibited in Alaska

According to section 13A-12-5 of Alaskan state law, “A person commits the offense of unlawful bear exploitation if he or she knowingly does any one of the following: (1) Promotes, engages in, or is employed at a bear wrestling match. (2) Receives money for the admission of another person to a place kept for bear wrestling. (3) Sells, purchases, possesses, or trains a bear for bear wrestling.”

Apparently, bear wrestling was a pretty serious problem back in the old country; at least, it was serious enough to warrant litigation. The bears were subjected to tooth and claw removal, and then tossed in the ring with some big galoots who tried their luck wrestling the poor guys. Nowadays, I think that you would be hard pressed to find any underground bear wrestling rings, but I’m glad the law stands as a precautionary measure to quell the potential resurgence of this practice.

2. Firing Catapults is Illegal in Aspen, Colorado

According to section 15.04.210 in Aspen’s book of law, “It shall be unlawful for any person to throw any stone, snowball or other missile, or discharge any bow, blowgun, slingshot, gun, catapult, or other device, upon or at any vehicle, building, or other public or private property, or upon or at any person, or in any public way or place which is public in nature.

The fact that they felt it was necessary to include “catapult” as a separate entity rather than just lump it in with “other devices” is boggling to me; I can understand the confusion surrounding blowguns and slingshots, but firing a catapult seems like a pretty inherently nefarious thing to do. At least these limitations only apply to Aspen, so you can go ahead and siege castles elsewhere in the centennial state… although to be fair there are no laws against the construction of moats, so you may be out of luck.