Arizona Weird Laws
At the heart of the wild west lies the great state of Arizona with its famous Grand Canyon and beautiful landscapes. While the beloved state has calming sceneries, not all is quite normal in Arizona. Aside from the Rocks of Sedona, Arizona is also home to several strange laws that will surprise you. The following are some crazy laws in Arizona that will make you laugh and also make you wonder – how wild is the wild west?
Craziest Arizona Laws
You are prohibited from walking through a hotel lobby with spurs
Well, we assume that this one is really a residual law from the days of the wild west. Maybe spurs scratch the floor.
It is illegal in Arizona to manufacture and distribute imitation drugs
Only top-shelf controlled substances are allowed in Arizona. No copycats allowed!
It is illegal to dig up and move Saguaro cacti
This might seem like a small offense, but actually, moving a Saguaro cactus is a severe offense in Arizona, punishable by up to 25 years in prison!
It is illegal to interfere with crane games
Yes, you read that right: manufacturers and distributors of crane games in Arizona cannot rig crane games to make them difficult to win, so you can get plenty of prizes when you walk into an Arizona arcade.
Animals in Arizona have vehicle rights
When you walk around in Arizona, it is not uncommon to see people riding horses on their own, or while pulling carriages. As a result, vehicle laws apply not only to the people of Arizona but also to their animals!
There is an official tie in Arizona
One unique law in Arizona, legislated in 1971, is a law that stipulates that the state has an official tie: The Bolo tie. It is very common to see people in the state sporting the unique necktie that actually has a law of its own.
No motorcycle helmets required
This one is a bit strange compared to the others…in Arizona, motorcyclists over the age of 18 are not required to wear a helmet, but they are required to wear goggles or have a windshield.
It is illegal to be a fortune teller
In the city of Avondale in Arizona, it is illegal to practice fortune-telling, palm-reading, or palmistry, as these practices are misdemeanors.
It is illegal to sing in public while wearing a swimsuit
Wait, what…? Yes, it is hard to believe that anyone has the urge to belt out songs while wearing a swimsuit, let alone in public, but apparently, this practice had prohibited by law.
Elephants must wear warning bells
If there are elephants walking around town in Arizona, they must wear bells around their necks. Why, you ask? Well, the bells are intended to warn swans about the elephants' approach, and we kind of get it.
Only persons over the age of 18 can but spray paint
According to Sec. 22-103 of the Arizona code, "(a) No person other than a parent or legal guardian shall sell, exchange, give, loan, or otherwise furnish, or cause or permit to be exchanged, given, loaned, or otherwise furnished, any graffiti implement to any person under the age of eighteen (18) years."
Children cannot sing nursery rhymes after 8:00 PM
Man, kids have it rough in Arizona…not only can children not buy spray paint in the state, but they also cannot sing nurseries in the evening!
You cannot eat grass in areas where cows or sheep are grazing
If you want to get a grassy meal in Arizona, make sure you don't do it where cows and sheep graze. It is illegal!
No more than 6 women will live in the same house
This weird Arizona law stems from the days of the wild west where brothels were very common in the state. Nowadays, the state looks the other way, so if you have more than 6 female members in your family or more than 6 roommates – you can live together.
It is illegal to hang clotheslines
This one is unique to El Mirage; if you want to dry your clothes in El Mirage, you need to get a dryer because clotheslines will get you fined at least $350!
You cannot spit in public in Goodyear
Many places consider spitting in the streets rude, but not many actually make the practice illegal. Those who break the no-spitting law in Goodyear, Arizona a fine of up to $2,500!
It is illegal to hunt camels
Hunting is a big deal in Arizona, but there are certain things that you cannot do if you like to hunt. Hunting camels, for instance, is prohibited in Arizona. We are not even sure when was the last time when camels roamed Arizona, but if you see one – leave it alone.
Like every other state in the U.S., there are some pretty weird laws in Arizona, most of which stem from its history. It is always funny to read about such laws, and you can look forward to the next articles of some of the weirdest laws in the U.S.