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Jams O’Donnell writes about a new law being proposed in Ireland: Detonation of nuclear weapon to carry 12 month sentence (or a fine).

A €5,000 fine is not a traffic ticket, but I would think eliminating a city might call for a little more. Actually this is in line with a Class A misdemeanor in New York, not even a felony. After the completion of the sentence you could still vote in every state, own a gun, and have a professional license.

3 comments

1 Michael { 05.20.08 at 10:12 pm }

I’m not sure you can really impose any penalty as a matter of national law, but it seems that laws against murder and such would generally take care of it if it were domestic terrorism.

2 Michael { 05.20.08 at 10:14 pm }

My point may not be made as clearly as I’d intended, but generally anyone capable of detonating a nuclear weapon must be factored as a bit more serious of a character than an ordinance would help with.

3 Bryan { 05.20.08 at 10:36 pm }

A nuclear weapon is a bomb, and every country has laws about bombs. In New York bashing someone’s lawn gnome with a baseball bat is a misdemeanor, but if you bust it with a large firecracker like a cherry bomb or M-80, it’s a felony because an “explosive device” was used.

I didn’t mention mailboxes, the normal target, because that’s a Federal offense, if anyone feels like pursuing it.

The absurdity is the sentence, not that it is illegal, actually, there is probably an existing law with a stiffer penalty for having a nuclear device in your possession,