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Let prostitution stay in Nevada
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Before this week, I never realized prostitution is legal in Nevada. It's one of the things I learned thanks to the wonders of the internet.

This discovery came about as I was minding my own business and reading a story about interesting laws that still exist in each state. I stumbled on the law that says prostitution is legal in Nevada, provided the county has under 700,000 residents. Before I knew it, I had clicked on a link of popular brothels.

The website for Donna's Ranch boasts that it's open 24 hours a day and has been every day since 1869. Now that's dedication to the customer.

The website for Sue's Fantasy Club says it specializes in Asian girls who are available for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, or all night. The website advises you can reserve one girl, or five. Oh my goodness.

I mention this NOT to suggest there should be legal brothels in Tennessee. I feel like I've committed a misdemeanor just by clicking on their websites. Knowing my luck, I'll have pop-up windows advertising Sue's Fantasy Club on my phone for the next month. Or they'll send a mailer to my house.

I mention this because I'm stunned prostitution is legal anywhere in the United States. It goes to show how there are certainly different values in different states.

Recreational marijuana falls into this category. According to Newsweek, recreational marijuana is currently legal in five states and will become legal in three more in 2018.

While I hesitate to speak for the Tennessee General Assembly, I don't think recreational marijuana is something that's going to be adopted in the Volunteer State anytime soon.

All of this seems to support the current mindset the federal government should step aside and let states decide which laws to enact. After all, state lawmakers are in better touch with their constituents than Congress, or so this theory suggests.

That's why I have to question legislation which recently passed the U.S. House called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The act says if you're allowed to carry a concealed gun in your home state, you can do so in any of the 49 other states.

This means if you're from Mississippi, where anyone can carry a concealed gun with no permit, you can legally carry your gun in New York, where there are very stringent gun carry laws.
This proposed law goes against the underlying logic that states should be free to decide what's right and wrong. It would force states to accept a law they might not embrace -- with the possibility of deadly consequences.

The gun death rate in Mississippi is nearly four times higher than in New York. It's easy to see how folks who don't want to get shot to death might oppose Mississippi residents bringing a gun to New York.
Unfortunately, this legislation might pass the Senate and become law. We can only hope Congress doesn't adopt a similar stance on prostitution and force Tennessee to abide by the laws of Nevada.
Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.