Stupid Laws In Montana.....(Yes, These Are Real!)

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My lovely wife is a paralegal...and being such, has access to the Montana Anotated Code.  (That means she knows the laws here for us non-legal peeps...)  Anyways...she brought home a few of the best and dumbest the other day...and I just had to share.


In Montana....

  • It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
  • It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail.
  • Seven or more indians are considered a raiding or war party and it is legal to shoot them. (Repealed)
  • It is a misdemeanor to show movies that depict acts of felonious crime.
  • It is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.
  • When a prisoner is discharged from the penal system, the local authorities are supposed to give you a horse and a pistol.

The following ones are specific to the local communites highlighted --

Excelsior Springs
Balls may not be thrown within the city limits.

No item may be thrown across a street.

Pop bottles are not to be thrown on the ground.  They can be placed there, but not thrown.

It is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached to the wheels.


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Comments (18)

Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

I just found one that I had forgotten about...LOL

A woman can't dance on a table in a saloon or bar unless she has on at least three pounds, two ounces of clothing.

Aug 16, 2008 05:54 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


So if I drive to Whitehall I have to take the ice picks off of my wheels? And I also pick up women while fishing so that's a bummer.

Aug 16, 2008 11:48 AM
Laura Watts
Positive Properties, LLC - Laurinburg, NC

Clint-When were these laws written? Very interesting indeed........especially the sheep. LOL

Aug 16, 2008 05:14 PM
Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

I guess it's a good thing I don't live in Montana!  I would be a felon!  : O

Aug 16, 2008 05:39 PM
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Clint - LMAO I often wonder what was the catalyst to get some of these laws on the books.

I would be especially interested in what led up to the sheep and the chaperone. I am not even going to let my imagination go there.

Aug 17, 2008 12:55 AM
Sharon Wager
Hunt Real Estate - Camillus, NY
"Your Blue Jean Agent"

LOL I don't think I want to know what led up to any of them!

Aug 17, 2008 01:35 AM
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Richard -- Yup...take off the icepicks...and no picking up women!  :-)

Laura -- Im not sure when they were written...but, most of them are still on the books.  Weird, isnt

Pam -- I live here...and Im in violation of nearly all of these....I draw the line at livestock in the cab of my truck...

Mike -- You and me both, my  yeah, I dont wanna know how that one came about...but, Im guessing it involves a sin.  LOL

Sharon -- Im with you on that one, sister!  :-)

Aug 17, 2008 01:24 PM
Sharon Wager
Hunt Real Estate - Camillus, NY
"Your Blue Jean Agent"

Clint, I told some of these to my family at dinner earlier, and my 13 yr old daughter points out (sarcastically), "Can she wear all three pounds two ounces on just her head?"  I thought my husband was going to choke - I've never seen him so red!  So, thanks for laughs - twice!!!

Aug 17, 2008 04:57 PM
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Sharon -- That is HILARIOUS!!!  I hope your daughter is in some form of drama or have a comedian on your hands!  That is funny....

Aug 18, 2008 12:35 AM
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Clint - those are just hysterical!  I might have to dig up some crazy ones around here.  You would think that from time to time the "old" laws would be reviewed!

Aug 20, 2008 12:43 AM
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Leesa -- Well, the Native American one (war party) was repeeled...So, Im sure they do that from time to time...Glad you liked these, tho...

Aug 20, 2008 12:45 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Those are funny laws.  They are almost as funny as the old Blue Law that was all over the south.  Only certain items could be sold on Sunday and trying to figure out what they were was impossible.  It was the stupidest thing ever. 

Aug 20, 2008 04:44 AM
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Barbara -- I have heard about the blue laws before...and yes, they were ridiculous.  Some of these here are as well...I just found another one where barbers in Missoula were not allowed to eat onions or garlic prior to 6pm on weekdays...LOL

Aug 20, 2008 04:51 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Clint- I love your "stupid" laws....and if they can repeal shooting the Indians, they can repeal the mail one :)

May 28, 2009 09:25 AM
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Kathy -- Yeah...probably.  But, why??? :-)

May 29, 2009 12:06 AM

Another one that I found was that 10 or more indians are a offical party and you can join them in drinking beer and whiskey.

Jun 28, 2011 09:27 AM

I would like the mca numbers for all these dumb laws in montana.  Thank you

Mar 19, 2013 02:24 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Wow, those are really some obscure laws!

Does anyone knows why women of Montana are not allowed to fish?!

Mar 13, 2014 04:52 PM

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