25 Stupid Government Regulations That Will Make You Shake Your Head

Posted by , Updated on June 21, 2017

Sometimes the government oversteps the boundaries of what most people would consider to be reasonable, usually when a small but vocal minority get upset about a specific issue. While many of these regulations are laughable, they have often had real impact on real individuals and families. The great writer Neil Gaiman once said the following in his blog, “The Law is a huge blunt weapon that does not and will not make distinctions between what you find acceptable and what you don’t. This is how the Law is made.” Case in point, 25 Stupid Government Regulations That Will Make You Shake Your Head.

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A man in Pheonix, AZ, was fined and threatened with jail time for holding religious meetings in his home. Officials said it was a fire issue. So instead of their living room, they put up a small building in the back - with proper permits. Then local government said he didn't have exit signs over the doors and safety ramps. Their demands continued until he owed them $12,000. Here's the issue: If he had a detached garage, and had, say, a birthday party, he wouldn't need these things; the government wouldn't care. There have been a few laws throughout the years that try to regulate what you can or can't do in your own home. If there are no regulations against parties and other social gatherings, why are there regulations against groups of people meeting to discuss their religion?

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It's a federal crime to injure a Government owned lamp. The law specifically states lamps.

theme-minimalism-minimalism-lampSource: http://uscode.house.gov/ Image Source: www.pexels.com (public domain)

It's illegal to dump raw sewage in the ocean (cool), unless you have a permit. (Not cool. Missing the point, perhaps.) There are lots of things that are only "wrong" or illegal until you pay the local or state government for permission.

oceanSource: http://openjurist.org/ Image Source: www.pexels.com (public domain)

Parts of Florida *require* you to recycle, with fines up to $1,000 for a violation. While this is seemingly well meaning, it's an example of big government enforcing their morals - even "green" ones - on everyone, and it just makes it gloriously easy to fine everyone a bunch of money. Other counties in other states have similar laws on the books.

durham_recycling_bins_at_the_curbSource: http://www.local10.com/

Kansas has no love for cat ladies. In parts of the state, it's illegal to have more that four cats per household. So, um, what happens if your one cat has a litter of five kittens?

kittens-catSource: http://www.dumblaws.com/ Image Source: www.pexels.com (public domain)

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