6 crazy laws in South Carolina still on the books

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – You’re a law-abiding citizen … or so you think. With the Legislative Assembly in 2022 starting on Tuesday, we took a look at some of the crazy laws in South Carolina that are still technically on the books.

Pinball Wizard

According to the Juvenile Justice Code in the SC Code of Laws, it is technically illegal for a person under the age of eighteen to play a pinball machine. But fear no less pinball fans! The law has been repealed, which means it cannot be enforced, but it is still on the books.

Suggestions Promises

Rather think twice about that suggestion! In South Carolina, it is illegal to seduce someone by promising to marry them. So technically, if you promise to marry someone, that marriage must legally take place. The law reads: “A man over sixteen years of age who, by means of deception and promise of marriage, seduces an unmarried woman in this State, is guilty of an offense and must be sentenced to a fine at the discretion of the court or imprisoned for not more than one year.

Work-free Sundays

This can be hard to believe, considering that most people have probably worked Sunday shifts. This is because although it is technically illegal to engage in “worldly work, work and business” on a Sunday, several exceptions have been codified in recent years.

No Sunday sale

You may have already known that it is illegal to sell alcohol on a Sunday under state law, but did you know that technically you can not sell most other goods either? Clothes, appliances, tools, jewelry, musical instruments and more are all prohibited from being sold.

Home Sweet Home

Have you recently moved in with a significant other? Well, you might be breaking the law. Under South Carolina law, it is illegal for unmarried people to live together or be physically intimate. Listed as “Infidelity and fornication”, violations of this law are punishable by a fine and possible imprisonment.

“I challenge you to a duel”

Find another way to resolve your disagreements, because in South Carolina it is illegal to challenge someone to or accept a duel. The South Carolina Code of Laws states: “It is illegal for one person to challenge another to fight with a sword, gun, gripper or any other lethal weapon or to accept a challenge.”

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