Did you know that some of the ingredients in your every day packaged food is illegal in other countries but not in the US? On the other hand, the sale of the Kinder Surprise is banned in the US for the fact that the non edible toy in the center poses as a choking hazard. In June 2012 the potential fine per egg was quoted as $2,500. The legality of cannabis varies from country to country. Two US states have legalized the drug; Washington and Colorado for those aged 21 and over. There are specific rules and laws that apply to the use of the drug. Did you know that you could own industrial explosives to blow up things with? Or that you could lay your hands on deadly ex-military weapons without any legal repercussions simply because of some technicalities in law-phrasing? Not quite credible? Even we didn’t believe it at first, until we found these 10 items you wouldn’t believe are legal quite within our reach, whether we like it or not.
Thousands of drugs are introduced into the market every year, and the moment one shows the potential to get someone really high, it is banned immediately. For example, kids getting high on cough syrup. Sounds unbelievable? You bet it does. Many kids have over-dosed using over-the-counter cough medicines. Nevertheless, to get really high off a cough syrup, it should contain either of these ingredients: codeine or Dextromethorphan (DMX). Since codeine is a schedule II controlled substance, DMX is the only viable alternative for those looking to get high, kids included. Though a few states have restricted the sale of the substance to minors, it is still available freely, and legally, at many places. Of course, since it still maintains its legality in many states, pure DXM is also available to buy over the Internet. However, most large retailers have taken it off their shelves after the “cough syrup scare.”
9. Grenade Launchers and Anti-Tank Weapons
If flamethrowers aren’t your thing, you can try going for grenade launchers or anti-tank weaponry instead. With enough money and an appropriate firearms license, you can get your hands on just about any weapon. However, you’ll have to fill in enough paperwork that’ll make even your primary school homework look pale in comparison. Nevertheless, you’ll have to get a thorough background check and register such weapons as Destructive Devices according to the law. An US Army LAW 66mm Rocket Launcher can be had for as little as $430, but you’ll have to buy the ammo separately. Likewise, a Lahti L-39 20mm Anti-Tank gun can be ordered for just $5,000; cheap enough to destroy a dozen mid-sized sedans. If your “friendly” neighbor ever gets his hands on a tank, you now know how to protect your property.
8. Texting and Driving
Texting while driving is a heinous thing to do, for it not only puts the driver at risk, but all the passengers in the vehicle too. Though, that doesn’t stop thousands of drivers from realizing the danger. Thankfully, the government understands their predicament. According to the government in Oklahoma, texting while driving is only illegal to those who hold a permit, are school bus drivers or public transit drivers, all others are free to text away! A similar law in West Virginia states the same law, it is perfectly legal for those with a full licence to text while driving. These laws are expected to change soon, as for now they remain as previously stated.
7. Low Radioactive Uranium
As shocking as it may sound to your ears, low radioactive uranium is actually legal to sell. Certain sites list the product for just under $40. So, why exactly is it legal to sell? Because you are exempt from requiring a license to buy any low radioactive materials. A majority of the buyers use it for testing their Geiger counters, but you are free to perform any nuclear experiments with it too. However, the product listing states it clearly that “Radioactive minerals are for educational and scientific use only.” That helps….
6. A Chemical Called Azodicarbonamide
The chemical may not sound remotely evil, but it is. This chemical compound is usually used in sneaker soles and yoga mats. But that is not where the evil lies. Azodicarbonamide is known to trigger asthma, yet you should know that it is present in the Burger King or McDonald’s burger bun you are eating. Food processors in America are allowed to use it to bleach flour. You’ll find the chemical in many boxed noodles mixes and packaged baked items. Singapore has banned it and is rewarding users with up to a 15-year jail term and a fine of nearly half a million. The UK has banned its use as a food additive and bleaching agent. So has Australia. Food processors in these countries prefer to wait a week for their wheat flour to whiten.
So, why is it still legal in the US? That’s not exactly clear. The FDA appears to be clueless about its presence in national food items. What is definitely clear however is that US bakers and food processors are an impatient lot.
5. A Tank, Yes The Kind Used In Battle
The next time you feel the urge to crush traffic in your path, get out your credit card and buy a tank. Of course such fun doesn’t come cheap. A former Soviet battle tank, the 45-ton T-72 can be yours for fifty grand. If you don’t want to spend on a new SUV, why not get a Fox Armored Car for 18 grand? It’s better on the streets than the T-72 and you’ll probably find it easier to get parking by sheer intimidation! They’re deactivated tanks, so you won’t have to worry about legal repercussions. Just be careful your nasty neighbor doesn’t own a flamethrower to cook you alive in your armored vehicle!
4. Katana, Kill Bill Style
You can easily lay your hands on a Japanese style sword with an evil 2 feet long blade to role-play a samurai with. There’s no law against owning one in any state and you can buy them online. Hand-crafted ones are $500 plus and regular ones are cheaper though it’s difficult to find an authentic one for less than $300 unless you get lucky. Katana collectors will tell you the cheap ones have bare minimum functionality and are able to perform ‘some cutting’. Which makes you wonder what the authentic ones are really used for… Why are they legal? No one has ever heard of death by katana in the US yet, have they?
3. Exotic Yet Dangerous Animals
If concrete walls and chain links don’t make you feel safe from the big bad world out there, how about filling a moat around your home with hungry piranhas? You can buy one a dozen online for a mere $50. They’re legal in 28 states. There are people who will tell you a piranha stripping a cow of its flesh in minutes is a myth generated by President Roosevelt. Because in the wild piranhas are usually happily snacking on other fish and plants to pay humans much attention. But a starving piranha may be a different matter. If you want extra security, you could also get a brown bear or why not a big cat while you’re at it? These wild pets are allowed without license in 7 states: Alabama, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina (doesn’t allow bears, but you can keep wild felines), West Virginia, Wisconsin. Thirteen states need you to have a license or permit for your cat or bear. These include Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Texas. A tiger cub will cost about $2500, though the first year your insurance, pet food, de-worming and pet toys may cost $22,000.00. Annual expenses from then on will be about $23,00. Too expensive? Snakes need less maintenance. If you’re in Pennsylvania, why not a Western Gaboon viper?
Why are these wild animals still legal to own? The saddest part about the ownership of wild animals is that if something were to ever go wrong who would be to blame? What will happen to the animal if it were to injure a human? It is not the animal’s fault for being kept as a house pet.
2. Very Un-Mini Miniguns
The M134 is a minigun that has very little of the ‘mini’ about it. One of the deadliest infantry weapons ever designed, it can fire up to 166 bullets per second. To be sure there are only about a dozen miniguns in the civilian market today, and when they are available for sale, they can cost upwards of $400,000. The bullets are expensive – it can cost $60 for one second of firing. All this makes owning and using a minigun difficult. That doesn’t take away from the fact that it is dangerous and still legal. So, why is it legal in the US? This is because of a 1986 law that you could own any fully automatic weapon that was made before that year. Many of the miniguns on the market fitted the bill, and they continue to remain available to you, if you can afford one.
1. Very Real, Flame-Breathing Flamethrowers
If you ever feel the need to play with some fire, or throw it around, you can simply find one for as little as a few hundred dollars from private sellers online. The base price for better models (with longer flame ranges) is about $9000 to $10000. One with a 15-feet range will be about $50,000 (the best ones can incinerate things 100 meters away!). There are no laws in 40 US states to restrict the ownership of these fire breathers. At the very worst, you could be charged with a misdemeanor in some states such as California, if you decide to own one. New York is another state you can’t own one in. So, why is it still legal to possess? Probably because it’s hard to use a flamethrower without getting into trouble in some way. You can hardly decide to burn a house down or char your nasty neighbor to bits. But cheer up – you can use it on a bee infestation! Or find a friend with wooded land in the countryside and hunt up some pigs for dinner. Also legal because it’s used to clear plantations and sugarcane fields.