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10 Weird Arizona Laws You Won’t Believe Existed

Over the years, Arizona has had it’s fair share of eclectic laws. From funny, to dumb, to absolutely absurd, read on to see 10 of Arizona’s most interesting past and present laws!

#1 You aren’t allowed to hunt camels.

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Okay, so back in the day, there were camels in Arizona. These days, if you see one, it’s probably someone’s pet or at a zoo. Neither is conducive to hunting anyway.

#2 If you cut down a cactus, you might go to prison for 25 years!

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Arizona prides themselves on preserving the west and all of the things that make it unique. Cacti are a particularly fragile symbol of the west — some types of cacti, like the Saguaro, take 75 years to grow their first arm! Whether or not prison time is on the table, you’ll definitely be facing a hefty fine if you’re vandalizing one of these fellas.

#3 If you have a donkey, you can’t let him sleep in your bathtub.

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It looks like this one is a myth, but if this was something you were considering, we’re a bit worried anyway.

#4 Don’t even think about refusing someone a glass of water.

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Again, no punishment seems to loom for disobeying this fabled law. But, with that notorious Arizona heat, can you blame whoever crafted this myth?

#5 In Tucson, women are prohibited from wearing pants.

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This law obviously hasn’t endured to the present day, but you’ve got to wonder what the original lawmakers were thinking when they passed this one…

#6 If you’re riding your horse in Prescott, keep in mind that you aren’t welcome on the stairs of the county court house.

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It hardly seems like the best location for a ride, after all.

#7 In Mojave County, if you’re caught stealing soap, be prepared to lather up until the whole bar is gone.

tellwut.comWashing away your sins, perhaps?

#8 A household cannot consist of more than 6 girls in Maricopa County.

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Historically, this law was used to combat the formation of brothels. Present day, there’s no need to worry about being punished for this one.

#9 If you’re attacked by a criminal or a burglar, one law states that you’re only allowed to defend yourself with the same weapon that they have.

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This one definitely isn’t true, thankfully.

#10 If you’re in Hayden, take care that you don’t bother the bullfrogs or the cottontails, or there will be fines to pay.

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itsnature.org

Apparently this was a hard hitting issue at one point… As for the present day? We’ll leave you to take your own chances.

 

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

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