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Unusual Virginia Laws

Posted on : July 31, 2018, By:  George Dillon
Unusual Virginia Laws

Laws often come to life to meet society’s needs and reflect the morals of the day. Then society and morality evolve. But somehow some of those old-fashioned laws never make it off the books. Let’s take a look at some of the more unusual Virginia laws.

Laws Relating to Animals

We all come in contact with animals at some point in lives, whether it’s a pet, a farm animal, or a wild animal. So, it probably makes sense that some of our laws will have to do with animal-related issues:

  • According to the Virginia Code, it’s illegal to hunt on Sunday unless you are hunting racoons. However, you can only hunt them until 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
  • It’s illegal to kill or capture any wild animal or wild bird in an area next to a forest fire or field fire.
  • Feel free to feed the sea gulls. Under no circumstances should you spit on a seagull or you may be fined.
  • It’s okay to enjoy unusual pets as long as you stay within the law. However, Prince William County residents should skip the skunk section of the local pet store.
  • If you’re ever visiting Culpepper, make sure you do NOT wash your mule on the sidewalk.

And a Few About Humans.

Lawmakers over the years have had some definite ideas about interactions between people:

  • It’s against the law to tickle women. Feel free to tickle men and cute babies, though.
  • There’s actually a state law prohibiting corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than
  • When chatting with friends over coffee in Norfolk, just pick up the check. It’s illegal to flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for that coffee.
  • When it comes to language, keep your electronic device communications clean! Section 18.2-427 of the Code of Virginia prohibits indecent language, and proposals of indecent behavior, or threats. Next time you’re tempted to send someone a text telling them where to go or what to do with themselves, remember you are about to commit a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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