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Thread: LAWS - DESIGNED TO DISCOURAGE METAL DETECTING DETECTING - WHY & HOW

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    LAWS - DESIGNED TO DISCOURAGE METAL DETECTING DETECTING - WHY & HOW

    A THREAD TO DISCUSS AND MAKE SOME SENSE OF RESTRICTIVE NATURE OF THE LAWS, PERMITS AND REGULATIONS REGARDING METAL DETECTING ON PUBLIC LANDS IN THE USA.

    YES, VENT HERE - WHO KNOWS MAYBE YOUR IDEAS, LOGIC, COMPLAINT OR EXPERIENCE MAY FALL ON EARS THAT WILL BRING ABOUT CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.

    HERE'S SOME OF MY THOUGHTS:

    My thoughts are that we have to bring order to our pastime. The restrictions put on MD'ing on Public Lands are convoluted, inconsistent from area to area and department to department, and too complicated for the average person to research and in some cases to comply with, without some forms of undue hardships.

    DID YOU EVER RESEARCH THE FEDERAL, STATE, COUNTY, CITY, TOWN, VILLAGE, HAMLET LAWS TO METAL DETECT ON PUBLIC LANDS?

    If you ever researched the laws with regard to Metal Detecting on Government owned property (which can be construed to mean any property (Land, Sea or Air-rights) other than Private Property you would know that there are a myriad of the different agencies to check before you decide to search on Federal, State, County, City, Town, or Village properties. Departments of Governments can include Bureau of Land, National Parks, Historic Landmarks Commissions, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (and more). It's very discouraging and that's exactly what they want the process to be: DISCOURAGING.

    PASTIME THAT ARE REGULATED - WHY?

    Functions like Hunting, Fishing, Wreck Diving, Boating, Jetskiing, Mining, Bird Watching, as well as Metal Detecting are all regulated in some way or another by the Government.

    BAN EVERYTHING! - THE TRUTH IS THEY CAN'T - THE CONSTITUTION PROTECTS US

    The Government would probably love to BAN MD'ing altogether but nothing in the USA can be outrightly BANNED if in any way it'll violate a person's (or a commercial entity's) Constitutional Rights. In the US, when something is BANNED it can be Constitutionally challenged in a Court of Law (but could cost $$$$ and TIME - they know that). So, knowing that, when a government agency doesn't like something that cannot be banned and would rather not face a challange in a Court of Law; instead they will REGULATE it by passing Laws which require that you apply for a PERMIT to preform that function. They will author the Regulation and place as many RESTRICTIONS on it as they possibly can, complicate the process to obtain permits, thereby making the Regulation nearly impossible to comply with; thereby DISCOURAGING as many permit applicants as possible to reduce the popularity of the function.

    MAKE LAWS, REGULATE AND RESTRICT:

    To give you an example of how the Authorities author laws that are designed to REGULATE for example: Billboards. Most Municipalities hate Billboards and want to discourage the construction of them. They can't ban them because it would violate our constitutional rights of Free Speech. Instead they come up with restrictions and excuses for the restrictions. Example: "Billboards are a distraction to drivers and therefore cause accidents, so we will not allow Billboards to be built closer than 660 feet from any major highway and at that distance they can only be 200 sq ft in size and beyond the 660 ft they can increase in size by 1 sq. ft. for every foot beyond."

    They know by placing that restriction it's going to be a game changer for any outdoor sign company because what's the sense of spending $200,000 to build a billboard that is so far from the road and so small that nobody passing will see it and no company will want to layout any cash to advertise on it. There's no value in doing that! But what they did is that they BANNED it by the choking regulations that they placed on where a billboard can be located. They knew that no business in there right mind would see any value in building a billboard in a location far from a major well traveled road - that would not be profitable.

    The same goes for Metal Detecting. By the time you learn that you are limited in WHERE you can search, WHEN you can search, HOW you can search and WITH what you can dig with you will get so discouraged that you won't see any value in taking up a pastime whose requirements are so restrictive that you feel almost like your carrying a gun around when all your doing is holding a Metal Detector. There's no profit or value to this; monetarily, nor educationally. See: http://news.yahoo.com/video/man-coul...182030850.html

    Yes, you are permitted to MD on Public Lands BUT you need to 1. Apply for a Permit (to the proper Authority, 2. in some cases provide a Certificate of Insurance, and 3. abide by the regulation set forth by that Authority or Agency; 3. Abide by the APPLICABLE Federal and State Laws. 4.Relinquish the Relic to the State and have no vote in where the Relic will end up. For all you know it will be store away and forgotten about just as if it were still in the ground.

    DISCOURAGE THE MASSES BY LIMITING THE WAY THE FUNCTION IS PERFORMED

    To DISCOURAGE they'll make it difficult by RESTRICTING the equipment size; such as, your digging tool can't be over 4" long with a handle less than two ft in length, 4. You are restricted to certain areas, in the restricted areas you can only dig 25 ft. away from any tree, 6. Anything you find belongs to the State and must be turned over to the Park Ranger.

    PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS

    Once you read the the Laws and Regulations and learn the penalty for a violation, I guarantee that it will make most looking to get into MD'ing become sick to their stomach and give up.

    In addition, there are stiff penalties for any violation of the restrictions placed on us. Most, including myself would argue that the penalties are "Cruel and Unusual Punishment. So what they are really accomplishing is making Criminals out of normal everyday law abiding citizens.

    HEY, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPS) - WHAT'S THE LOGIC OF THIS?

    Whats the logic of this? A Relic Hunter finds and removes LEAD musket balls from the ground and streams - that's not criminal! Lead has been deemed as toxic to the environment by the Environmental Protection Agency which issues HUNTING PERMITS so that Hunters can KILL animals with LEAD and put some more LEAD back into the ground when they miss a shot. Relic Hunter's are actually Lead Remediation experts.

    So the next time you're stopped by an Official for MD'ing RELICS, tell them that you're an "Underground Lead Removal Specialist" and that you're searching the area for underground HAZARDOUS LEAD THAT WAS LEFT BY SOLDERS FIGHTING WARS TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY FREE!

    Meanwhile for most, Historical Relics remain underground; (some polluting the land but for none to enjoy nor to educate therefrom).

    PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU THINK I'M OUT OF MY MIND OR JUST PLAIN WRONG.
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    I certainly appreciate all who share their discoveries here. It is admirable that you go through the trouble to do so..... But, In all fairness to the archeologists, look for a video of a silver hoard that was posted here about a week ago. It recorded the discovery of an antique silver service that was buried complete with the service tray and individual utensils. Instead of carefully removing and transporting his find in one piece for careful cleaning later, just after the discovery, the Metal detectorist basically used a garden shovel to barberically pry the pieces apart, totally destroying several of them in the process. It was heartbreaking, and a very good illustration that there are people who should not be allowed to treasure hunt without proper training.
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    Why isn't every metal detector at least water resistant? A $7 drugstore flashlight is guaranteed for life to 10 feet. If a squirrel piss*s onto the face of my sov... well.... thats another forum.

    Disclaimer: Most any and all artifacts or valuables mentioned have been found on property that was originally aquired in the 1847 United States of America invasion of Mexico.

    United States Veteran, Headquarters Company, Law Enforcement Activity, Ft Campbell Ky. ARMY Military Police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el padron View Post
    I certainly appreciate all who share their discoveries here. It is admirable that you go through the trouble to do so..... But, In all fairness to the archeologists, look for a video of a silver hoard that was posted here about a week ago. It recorded the discovery of an antique silver service that was buried complete with the service tray and individual utensils. Instead of carefully removing and transporting his find in one piece for careful cleaning later, just after the discovery, the Metal detectorist basically used a garden shovel to barberically pry the pieces apart, totally destroying several of them in the process. It was heartbreaking, and a very good illustration that there are people who should not be allowed to treasure hunt without proper training.
    FEDERAL OR STATE METAL DETECTING LICENSES SHOULD BE ISSUED AFTER PASSING A REQUIRED COURSE - not permits.

    I'd welcome hearing from anyone who is into securing "uniform" rights for all, to detect on ALL PUBLIC LAND. The Laws are very confusing and somewhat convoluted. I believe that each state should issue a license to metal detect on all Public Lands after certain qualifications are met by an applicant. So, If you're a Real Estate Lawyer or a Constitutional Law expert; let me know what you think.

    I would also like to see a course made available to High School Students. It would make History Classes more interesting as they could form Clubs and organize Field Trips to Historical Landmarks and such and legally Detect under the supervision of a State Qualified Detectorist. Any finds would then be displayed at the Town Halls or local Historical Society and would bear the name of the person which found the object or Relic. This is my dream and I want organize this effort soon after I get my feet wet.

    Looking forward to digging some relics and sharing them with the population! WE THE PEOPLE!
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    HOPING THAT SOMEONE FINDS THIS IS EDUCATIONAL with regard to LAWS and YOUR RIGHTS............

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    Quote Originally Posted by el padron View Post
    I certainly appreciate all who share their discoveries here. It is admirable that you go through the trouble to do so..... But, In all fairness to the archeologists, look for a video of a silver hoard that was posted here about a week ago. It recorded the discovery of an antique silver service that was buried complete with the service tray and individual utensils. Instead of carefully removing and transporting his find in one piece for careful cleaning later, just after the discovery, the Metal detectorist basically used a garden shovel to barberically pry the pieces apart, totally destroying several of them in the process. It was heartbreaking, and a very good illustration that there are people who should not be allowed to treasure hunt without proper training.
    And the link to the video is www.?
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    Their afraid you might find something worth a buck and they won't get their share, just like the silver and gold hoard found in England they will never know who or why it was buried there. They can guess but its just a guess and no better than anyone else's guess, unless there was written info on where and why it was buried they will never really know of course writing down where and why you buried it would not be good as it could be found if someone got that info. HH
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    Quote Originally Posted by wingmaster View Post
    Their afraid you might find something worth a buck and they won't get their share, just like the silver and gold hoard found in England they will never know who or why it was buried there. They can guess but its just a guess and no better than anyone else's guess, unless there was written info on where and why it was buried they will never really know of course writing down where and why you buried it would not be good as it could be found if someone got that info. HH
    I agree.
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