Is something legal if there is no law for or against it?

For example purposes, Ill use apples. If there are no laws stating apples are legal or illegal, in any regard, does that make them legal by default or would it be better to say that are not illegal or legal, they just are.

5 Answers

  • Yeti
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Depends on where you are in the world.

    In the U.S., generally speaking, unless a law says something is illegal, it's legal.

    Also generally speaking, if something causes harm, there's going to be some law out there that can be applied to prohibit it.

    In your basic example, if there's no law saying apples are illegal, they're legal. But if you know that your apples are toxic and you hand one to someone to eat... that's still going to be illegal.

  • 6 years ago

    I'm not sure there are laws "for" things, only laws that restrict behavior or set out procedures for doing things a certain way. If a law does not restrict or prohibit a certain behavior, then it is legal.

  • Louis
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Generally something is legal unless there is a law specifically prohibiting it. So in your example, apples are legal.

  • 6 years ago

    technically that would be a grey area not covered by the law. If it's neither legal or illegal then there are no consequences since there's no law governing it.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Apples are the other half of a pine

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