I have two HT's that I bought from Baofeng for emergency use and I don't have a license. I was wondering: is it perfectly legal in the USA for me to be monitoring police and weather channels without a license so long as I don't transmit on any frequency?
In some states it is not legal to have a scanner in your car. See http://www.fireline.org/scanlaws/scanner5.html
In these states, it's not legal to have a ham radio in your car unless you have a ham license because police will consider it to be a scanner..
Apparently it's even a problem for hams that do have a license: http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php?topic=17576.0;wap2