Gunowners aren't the only ones faced with those. A Florida regulation requires each vending machine to sport a sign. The sign informs the reader that ... this sign is required. It thoughtfully has a phone number where you can report a failure to post. But then, if the sign wasn't posted, how would you know the phone number?
As Glenn Reynolds would say, "the country is in the very best hands."
Posted by: CDR D at January 19, 2012 02:57 PM
The purpose of the sign is that it is an easy way for regulators to find out if a vending machine owner is paying attention to all the odd vending machine regulations, like the special tax. And if the sign is posted on the machine, the owner will have a hard time claiming he didn't know about the other regs. They're hoping citizens will notice the sign and the award offer on compliant machines and report non-compliant machines. So Stossel is wrong when he states that "the only point of the sign is: it's illegal to not have it."
Posted by: Critic at January 19, 2012 03:37 PM
Reminds me of when I was in California and the hotels had signs on them near the entrances and exits that the building "may contain materials known to the State of California to cause cancer". I guess the labeling laws in California were sufficiently wide enough that the hotel thought it might as well cover itself.
So how long till the feds enact a regulation that when you concealed carry you have to post a similar notice prominently on your shirt with the ATF's number? After all, if you know to post a notice prominently on your shirt, you must know all the other thousands of gun laws you are supposed to be obeying. Does this law still seem reasonable? I think it is an abomination.
Posted by: Kman at January 19, 2012 07:27 PM
Evidently, the sign originally had a name and tax id number of the owner of the vending machine. The vending machine lobby tried to get the requirement for the sign removed legislatively and failed. But they succeeded in getting legislation that removed the requirement that the sign have any identifying information.
So the sign requirement is just as stupid as it appears.
Posted by: SPQR at January 19, 2012 10:47 PM