Oleg Volk (olegvolk) wrote,
Oleg Volk
olegvolk

Become a felon in Tennessee -- cheap!

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2007/sep/22/out-of-state-smokes-can-pose-hazard

http://www.wkrn.com/node/119424

Buying 25 cartons of cigarettes in the next state is now a felony. That's right, a lifetime loss of many civil rights. The amount of money involved? 250 packs x 19 cent difference (between Tennessee and Alabama) = $47.50 worth of excise taxes. But that's nothing new to the American law -- missing out of a $5 tax stamp for adding a second grip to a pistol is also a felony. We already discussed felony charges for ownership or sales of sex  toys...

Next time you hear of proposal to deny voting or self-defense rights to felons, consider how close everyone is to becoming one...often without knowing it and almost always without victimizing anyone. Greedy revenuers trying to prohibit interstate commerce or morally offended puritans prying into your bedroom don't count as victims.

(Math fixed)
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