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Old 10-13-2015, 01:06 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by BigJim View Post
Every time I boat on Lake Tahoe I am boarded by the GC. Kids with guns, why does a CG RIB on Tahoe need a 30 caliber machine gun?

My boat is a newer non descript run about with 4 senior non drinking adults aboard.
I (likely mistakenly) thought that the Coast Guard's ability to search without a warrant came from the (implied) customs exception to the 4th amendment, and the the exception only applied on waterways that could potentially be used for international travel. Since Lake Tahoe and its inlets/outlets are all internal to the US, where do they get their authority to search absent a warrant?
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