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Hey everyone, I was wondering if it is illegal for civilians to have scanners in their vehicles. I have one at home but it is very old, and I would like one in my truck as I find it interesting to know whats going on around town. I also like the NOAA weather alerts as I plow in the winter. Also, I think it would be good to listen to the scanner to learn/become familiar with the lingo and codes as I hope to become an officer someday. Thanks for any information!
 

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To further clarify, it's legal in Massachusetts, but other states do specify limitations (for some states you cannot have them unless you are a police officer or a member of the press, etc).

There's a site out there that lists what the different laws are for each state, but I don't remember what it is off the top of my head.
 

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Fed Law (Comm Act of 1934 IIRC) stated that ONLY the Feds can regulate the use of radio Receivers/Transmitters and that anyone can use any receiver anywhere. But there have been new laws passed since the 1980s and I no longer know enough about this topic to do more than give an opinion and reference to more definitive info.

Just like a lot of laws, some places disagree and pass their own (sometimes illegal) laws. So scanners should be legal in all 50 states if you want to spend the money on an expensive lawyer to fight it out with those states that disagree. :)

Google is your friend on finding this info out. Don't know how accurate it is but here's two links to some more info:
http://www.ncsl.org/programs/transportation/radar.htm#table2 - 1998 thus not up-to-date
http://www.afn.org/~afn09444/scanlaws/scanner5.html - seems more comprehensive
 
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