List of strange state laws on the books in Connecticut. These rules and regulations were passed by the Connecticut state legislature, or in an individual Connecticut city, and for one reason or another, were never overturned, remaining active on the books until this day. Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons. Most frequently, the laws appeared in the books following a court ruling on a specific case, that then set a common law precedent from that point on.
Strange or unnecessary laws have become a popular source for humor, online and more generally in popular culture. TV shows like "The Simpsons" have had a lot of fun with the notion of small towns having peculiar regulations on the books. (In one episode, Mayor Quimby is surprised to find out the town charter mandates that all ducks wear long pants.)
Often, "dumb laws" as reported on websites and in humor books have been shown to be inaccurate. This sometimes happens because a real, sensible law has been exaggerated or misunderstood, turning into something that sounds silly or ridiculous. Other times, it is simply the result of a hoax being repeated enough times to gain some kind of credibility. If you think any of the laws on this page are not accurate or do not remain active in Connecticut, let me know in the comments below.
list ordered by
Pickle Its illegal for a pickle to not bounce.
Biking You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.
Humming It is illegal for any beautician to hum, whistle, or sing while working on a customer. (Waterbury)
Razor Blades It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.
Christmas lights Only white Christmas lights are allowed for display. (Guilford)
Alcohol You cannot buy any alcohol after 9pm or on Sundays after noon on Sunday.
Walking backwards It is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset. (Devon)
Selling liquor It's illegal to sell liquor in the city hall.
Crossing on the street You aren’t allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands. (Hartford)
Firing of guns You can't be fined more than $100 for firing a gun on public highway.
Educating dogs You may not educate dogs. (Hartford)
Town records Town records may not be kept where liquor is sold.
Discharge a firearm It is illegal to discharge a firearm from a public highway.
Silly string Silly string is banned. (Southington)
Arcades An arcade may not have more than a total of four amusement devices such as ping-pong tables, pinball machines, or shuffleboard tables. (Rocky Hill)
Fire trucks It is illegal for fire trucks to exceed 25mph, even when going to a fire. (New Britain)
Kiss It is illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday. (Hartford)