Many states still have arcane laws on the books that are not only complex, but also riddled with many loopholes that can stymie a consumer's ability to obtain a job or limit the ability of a business to generate growth.
Some of the newly passed laws are downright absurd: beginning September 1, Texas now allows residents to carry swords openly in public. The law also made it legitimate to carry around spears and daggers as a part of their daily routine.
Other laws were enacted decades ago to protect consumers against potentially injuring themselves such as the ban passed by New Jersey lawmakers preventing drivers from pumping their own gasoline and the lack of happy hours in several states such as Massachusetts and North Carolina.
Here are 10 absurd laws that are unlikely to be overturned by lawmakers in the near term.
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Editors' pick: Originally published Sept. 22.