There were/are states where scanners usage is illegal. This is a being marketed and sold as a CB radio but can receive scanner freqs. I can receive many of those same frequencies on my Icom 7000, would that make any HF radio illegal? The only mod I can't do is to make it receive on cell phone frequencies. I can listen anywhere else but can only transmit within the class of my license. As long as the FCC certifies this radio as a legal CB, I wouldn't worry about the scanner legalities where applicable. Besides, this radio is cleverly disguising that it's a scanner too. These aren't for sale yet in the US so let's wait and see.