Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Weird Las Vegas or 10 Unusual Things About My City

Locals often forget that there are many things about Las Vegas that people from other places would consider weird, or straight up illegal!

  1. Alcohol laws are really lax. Drinking in public? No problem. Bars open 24 hours a day? Yep.  Alcohol sold in grocery stores/corner stores/etc, 24 hours a day? Uh huh.
  2. So are gun laws.  "Gun owners in Nevada don't need a permit to buy or possess a rifle, shotgun or handgun, according to the National Rifle Association. They can carry a firearm openly in public. Nevadans can even purchase machine guns or silencers, banned in other states, as long as they're legally registered and within federal compliance. The state does not prohibit possession of assault weapons, 50-caliber rifles or large-capacity ammunition magazines, according to the NRA."
  3. Prostitution is legal just 45 minutes away in Pahrump.  "The state of Nevada is the only jurisdiction in the United States where prostitution is permitted.  Strictly regulated brothels operate legally in isolated rural areas, away from the majority of Nevada's population (ie: prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas)."
  4. Marijuana is legal too.  On November 8, 2016 recreational marijuana became legal in Nevada (medicinal marijuana was legal before that).  While marijuana is legal in a few other states, it is still in the minority of states that allow this.
  5. We have no state income tax.  Nevada is one of seven US states that doesn't collect a state income tax.
  6. Weather is kind of weird here too.  Las Vegas gets an average of 4.17 inches of rain per year and is clear and sunny 210 days per year!
  7. Gambling is, of course, legal.  24/7/365.  You can find slot machines at grocery stores and at the airport, and hearing that some random person won a million dollars on a slot machine happens all the time here.
  8. Las Vegas is both the divorce capital of the country and the wedding mecca of the US.  Hmmmm
  9. More than 200 people are reported missing to the police each month in Las Vegas.  Eeekkk
  10. There is another Las Vegas, not in Nevada.  It's in New Mexico.

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