Last year, I was a victim of what looks a lot like voter fraud. It looks like that’s about to happen again this year.
People who like to do their own research will visit sites with primary sources, not simply trust the articles floating around online, and people who really like to do their own research on state laws will go directly to the states’ legislation pages. So what happens when they all say something different?
Several outlets picked up on the fact that laws passed in Texas earlier in the year now allowed for openly carrying swords, banned texting while driving, and had several other assorted effects, but one thing that was virtually unreported when it became effective was a small but significant change to the State’s underage drinking laws.
As more laws are passed it gets easier to add more and more fines onto the original offense without much notice. Case in point – one week ago on March 24th, 2017 the Governor of Tennessee signed a law which effectively increased the maximum fine for possessing less than a half ounce of marijuana by 10%, doubling the minimum fine at the same time.
The notion that driving is a privilege subject to the whims of the State and not a protected right has taken a firm hold. By threatening to revoke a 'privilege' instead of a 'right', such as your liberty by throwing you in jail or your property by assessing a fine, failure to comply is not technically a crime and thus, being compelled to provide blood, urine or breath samples does not violate your 'right' to not incriminate yourself.
One question I’ve been hearing more lately in the wake of recent shootings at bars, nightclubs and music festivals is whether its legal to carry a concealed weapon into those places for protection. As usual with these questions, the answer is “it varies”.
While alcohol and firearms don’t mix, there are plenty of people who go to concerts, shows and other venues where alcohol is served without drinking. Designated drivers immediately come to mind. How each state addresses these situations is influenced by several types of laws.
Someone loses gun rights for a first DUI in Massachusetts, but can possess pounds of marijuana without facing this risk. Yet in Arizona one can basically never lose your gun rights for a simple DUI no matter how habitually convicted, while possession of any amount of marijuana there will trigger this loss.
Recently a federal court ruling made it legal for officers to shoot dogs in homes for moving or barking. Yes, you read that right. If an officer is called to a home or enters with a warrant they are allowed to kill your dog for basically acting like a dog.
Bringing marijuana through airport security and onto commercial aircraft seems to be extremely risky business. The penalty for bringing between four and 14 grams of marijuana into Georgia is a mandatory minimum term of 5 years in jail and a fine of $50,000. This can be a terrifying prospect to the average high flying marijuana tourist. But Georgia doesn’t search fliers after they land at their destination and are headed out of the airport so what is the penalty for someone caught with the substance before they fly there?