Weird Laws in Tennessee

List of strange state laws on the books in Tennessee. These rules and regulations were passed by the Tennessee state legislature, or in an individual in Tennessee 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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 Tennessee, let me know in the comments below.
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  • Stealing a horse
    305 votes

    Stealing a horse

    Stealing a horse is punishible by hanging.
  • Crimes against nature
    276 votes

    Crimes against nature

    “Crimes against nature” are prohibited.
  • Lasso for fishing
    259 votes

    Lasso for fishing

    It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.
  • Picking up trash on Easter day
    191 votes

    Picking up trash on Easter day

    No Christian parent may require their children to pick up trash from the highway on Easter day.
  • Roadkill
    183 votes


    It is legal to gather and consume roadkill.
  • Netflix password
    254 votes

    Netflix password

    It is a crime to share your Netflix password in Tennessee.