I don't know where it disappeared to but I was sure I did a thread on MDing laws and 'stickied' it !!!
Anyway, here it is again.
If anyone is aware of any changes to these laws please post a reply to update us all. I am aware that the law in FRANCE has now changed and been made even stricter than before. You can now not even obtain permission to search in certain areas and even being in possession of an MD in some regions is a criminal offence.
Anyway, here are a couple of links to MD law in European countries. If someone has a link to MD laws in USA states, please post a link.
****Both links are broken. I have copied and pasted the laws into a reply to this thread on page 2****
Both appear to have the same information but in a slightly different format
Please be aware that laws can change at any time and you may not be aware of the changes. I would advise on checking with the appropriate authorities prior to visiting any country in Europe.
Happy hunting !
PS One last thing. Many countries have laws pertaining to DIGGING up objects but not necessarily the use of MDs. Therefore the act of digging a hole is the bit we're interested in. Many countries have laws pertaining to the land that do NOT apply to the beach. For example France have strict laws relating to the land, but these do not apply to beaches, hence you can use an MD on a beach.
Check the law in the country you're going to to be sure. Remember that ignorance is no defence in the eyes of the law !