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Weird, Dumb, and Funny Laws in The State of California - Legal Humor

09th April 2009
By Daniel Berry in Legal
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You may read about all kinds of weird, dumb and funny laws in the state of California, but if the web site doesn't tell you where that information came from, you don't know if it's a real law or one that has been repealed. Here are some funny laws that are said to be in place in California. You can decide if they are real.

In an effort to keep lewd and lascivious behavior to a minimum, even animals are banned from mating in public if it is within 1500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.

Just like in dozens of other states, it is illegal to shoot any kind of game from a moving vehicle. However, California law allows for the inevitable split hair clause: you may shoot a whale from a moving vehicle.

In Baldwin Park, no one is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool. You would think it would be hard to pedal, but obviously someone tried it.

In Blythe, the fashion police say you are not allowed to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.

In Chico, Statute 9.44.020 states, "It shall be unlawful to drive, herd, or cause to be driven or herded upon any public street, alley, sidewalk, or public place of the city any cattle, horses, mules, hogs, sheep or goats." How are you supposed to get your herd of goats down to PetSmart if you can't herd them in the streets?

Those are just a few of the weird, dumb, and funny laws in the state of California. They say that ignorance is no excuse for violating the law!

If you find yourself in trouble because of any of these laws, you may be able to claim a special defense: desuetude. This simply means that you don't have to follow long-unenforced laws. It won't be easy, but that defense might save you a fine or jail time.

For additional information on your legal rights, it is important to speak with a skilled medical malpractice attorney, car accident attorneys, and Sacramento personal injury attorneys to learn more.
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