Back in February, a trail runner was impaled by a deliberately-planted spike at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, North Carolina. Now, local lawmakers have introduced a domestic terrorism bill that would qualify spiking a trail as an act of terrorism, according to a report on WLOS.com.
Many folks thought I was being facetious when I asked, “Are Trail Booby Traps Terrorism, or Just a Hate Crime?” Unfortunately, I was being deadly serious. This same question arose in North Carolina following the impalement, and this bill, which passed the North Carolina House unanimously, “would make it a criminal offense to cause injury through the use of a trap in public,” according to WLOS.
The report continues:
“Under the bill, a trap would include explosive devices attached to trip wires, stakes, nails, or spikes, electrical devices and anything producing toxic gases.
The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-District 119, would make it an act of domestic terrorism to put spikes into trails, a misdemeanor for willfully placing spikes in the ground and a felony if someone is hurt or the spikes are concealed or camouflaged.”
The bill still needs to be passed by the senate and signed by Governor Roy Cooper to become law.