Skip to comments.Is it illegal to carry or use a slingshot in any areas around the USA?
Posted on 05/03/2013 6:27:41 PM PDT by rlmorel
I am getting to go on a weeklong road trip down the east coast where I plan to cut across the Blue Ridge parkway and drive west.
I don't have a destination or a plan, I want to spend some time in a part of the country I really haven't seen. I thought I might go through some rural areas where I could just pull off a road somewhere and plink some cans with a wristrocket if it was a nice day and I felt like getting out of the car.
Then it occurred to me that I don't know anything about any laws regarding slingshots. Looking on the Internet posed the usual problem looking for data, separating the wheat from the chaff.
Does any Freeper have any knowledge of any such laws in their area?
If you are a US citizen, then you have far fewer rights.
Carry it and when caught say you are an illegal, they can’t touch you then.
Good question. The way things are going lately, you could get arrested for being in possession of a sharp stick, even a pencil.
It isn’t a firearm
Illegal in the Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashore areas.
Keep in mind, many areas think knives, sling shots, etc. Aren't 'arms' and ya don't have a right to have them.
I know all slingshots are illegal in New Jersey, and they are illegal in NY if they have wrist braces. I’m sure they are elsewhere as well, but I couldn’t speak from first hand knowledge elsewhere.
I did a search for “slingshots illegal” and sure enough...
Why are Slingshots with wrist bands illegal in NY?
Slingshots are illegal in some areas........ -
“Slingshots, slingshot ammo, and slingshot supplies, cannot be shipped to the following states, counties or cities:
Delaware: Dover & Wilmington
Florida: St. Augustine
Illinois: Evergreen Park
New York: Only wrist-braced slingshots are illegal.
South Carolina: Charleston
Tennessee: Knoxville & Johnson City
Utah: Salt Lake County
Virginia: Falls Church”
Where did my country go?
They have a lawyer on speed dial and bail pre-arranged.
If they want you, they will take you.
Check out this guy and his command of a slingshot.
Going after Goliath?
There is probably a law against it in some jurisdiction.
Where did our country go, indeed. You know, I keep in mind that I could possibly get some hostility in these areas I go to because I am from Massachusetts, and to be honest, I can’t blame people for feeling that way.
There are some conservatives up here, just like there used to be conservatives in Vermont. Now, Vermont seems to me even more liberal and left-wing than Massachusetts.
A few years back, my wife and I took a road trip up to St. Johnsbury in Vermont, and took the long way up. I drove past some old, faded, gray barns that had “Take back Vermont” painted in large, uneven white letters.
The thing was, they were so faded that it made me feel both old and sad to look at them.
That is how I kind of feel sometimes here in Massachusetts: like the people who painted those faded letters. Then I decide I am not going to give in just to feel comfortable, and I don’t feel so old and sad...:)
It takes a great deal of skill and hand-eye coordination to use a wristrocket accurately and hit your target. It’s not like a firearm where you sight down the barrel. You have to sight down your arm, and your arm has to be steady. I doubt very much if there are any laws regarding them, because they are below the radar. Kinda like crossbows.
Truer words were never spoken.
Just a wild guess, but I’d bet the Charleston, Knoxville & Johnson City, plus maybe the Evergreen Park, Duluth and Falls Church laws were pushed through by the local Audubon Society.
New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island might be Audubon Society or maybe just fearful Democrats.
As kids, we were all pretty good with wristrockets. We’d even lob M-8o’s.
I say take back our country from the communists!
And of course, never in a million years could you get away with calling them what they were called in my day.
What about slings? When I was a kid the parents pretty much banned making traditional sling shots — the strips of inner tubes we used for the elastic tended to break and injure eyes. So we mostly used biblical style slings. We were even invited to bring them to bible class for show and tell! The big kids could put a hole in a fence!
I am a slingshot shooter from way back...:) When I moved to Japan when I was eight, I made my first slingshot that worked. (I made plenty that didn’t, and had lots of welts over time on my arms and face)
Then when I moved to the Philippines a few years later, me and my friends wanted to get machetes. We liked to go out and hike around in the jungle (which was so dense we got lost for four hours only about 100 yards from the road...) and we thought machetes would really complete our gear.
All the Filipino yard boys had their own, and sometimes they did some pretty neat looking work on the handles. The guy who worked on our yard was very cool, and explained to me how he and his friends made them from old leaf springs.
He showed up one day and gave me one. Can’t even remember his name.
Funny thing is, nobody said anything to me. My mom and dad knew I had it, but they didn’t think there was anything wrong at all with me having one. Heh, kind of funny now when I look back at it.
Can you imagine some kid coming home today and telling his mom that his 11 year old friend had his own machete!
Depends .... is it black? Does it have a removable magazine? Does it have a handgrip? And above all, is it considered an “assault weapon” (aka AK-47 Slingshot)?
depends on use and state
Actually, there are all kinds of laws regarding crossbows. Consult your individual state.
You can even open carry a pistol in Virginia; no permit required.
I knew a Green Beret, who when sequestered for months, got himself a wrist rocket and a really big, economy bottle of aspirin. By the time the bottle was used up, he could nail a fly at a respectable distance.
That's right. It's an armfire.
Gosh. I sure HOPE not! (Innocent Until PROVEN Guilty...)
Yeah...we did slings, too. I got decent but not good. I could make a stone go really far, but not really accurate. It was REALLY hit or miss.
We also tried to learn to use bolas (we thought it was spelled and pronounced as “bolo”)
We used to practice throwing them at trees, flagpoles, and so on. We were in the Philippines, and since there were all kinds of larger wildlife wandering around (monkeys, boars, snakes, monitor lizards and so on) then we were obligated to capture or kill what we could. Well, at least in our minds, and fortunately, we were so inept there was never any chance we would get close enough to any of them to even try.
But we tried to play the part, blazing through the jungle with my machete, hacking at stuff to get through, even though if we walked to the left or right a little you could walk as easily as if you were on a treeless beach.
And after a few minutes of hacking away, you would suddenly realize how sucky it would be to really have to do that for real.
Holy crap. I DO have an assault slingshot. It has a folding stock (that goes over the wrist) and a high capacity fast reloading magazine! (well, maybe not really all that fast without dropping your ammo all over the ground)
OMG. And it is BLACK too! I am so scrooooooooood!
They say ridicule is a great weapon, the problem is that it is largely ineffective against liberals, because they cannot even register that it is being applied to them.
Sigh. A part of me realizes how bad things have gotten when I seriously have to wonder whether a slingshot IS illegal anywhere.
I don’t doubt it. I have had some pretty accurate shots myself, and I am just a hacker.
That is 100% the way it should be everywhere.
It should have never gotten to this point.
I checked out the link —that guy is GOOD!
I also noticed a series of vids by another guy who makes rather more involved slingshot “weapons” — very interesting, tho’ there’s something a bit unnerving about the guy’s laugh...
Git your fine self a few of these. Too much fun, and quite accurate. They’ll never know what hit ‘em. Great for plinking off squirrels and pigeons...because we’ll all be eating squirrels and pigeons, eventually. If we’re lucky. :)
I would imagine a direct hit to the gonads would get someone’s attention as well...just sayin’...
Ammo? Steelies and/or rocks. Your choice. Still perfectly legal as far as I can tell.
I can remember looking through the statutes in Florida maybe 30 years ago and noticed that it was illegal to carry a “Buck Knife”.
My guess is it has been repealed and I doubt it was ever enforced in most areas. I suspect it was referring to the Buck model 110 folding lockback but all it said was buck knives.
I guess technically you could be prosecuted fro carrying a small Buck pocket knife.
When I was a kid in Japan, I accidentally lit a grass field on fire across the street from our house that was a playground.
I had gone off base and bought some smoke bombs. You know, the ones that are about the diameter of a quarter, colored red, green, blue and yellow with that fuze that made it look like one of those old-fashioned bombs?
Well, I found I could light them and had enough time to get them in the slingshot and fire a smoky contrail through the sky.
Well, I did a few, and then with horror, I realized that the area where one landed was some really dry grass, and it went right up because the smoke bomb still had sparks coming out of it when it landed.
Fire trucks came, and fortunately, the only damage was a large area of scorched grass.
Heh, my best friend at the time (Peter Aubrey, whose father was the Captain of the USS Providence at the time) told me that if he had been caught doing something like that, his dad would have hit him with his ‘Shillelagh’!
I had no idea what that was, so he took me into his dad’s closet, and pulled out what looked a tree limb with a huge twisted, varnished knotted tangle of wood at the top.
Is it an “assault wrist-rocket”?
Is it fully automatic?
What a neat story! Thank you for sharing.
Well, at least my pea shooter can still be carried legally.
....and whose land would you be doing this on?
Ditto that. 'Way back when (early 1990s?), I visited a friend in TX. His roomie and I got to messing around with wrist rockets and cheap small marbles and when soda pop cans in the bushes became too easy a target, we started aiming at rats and squirrels that would run on the telephone lines. We got our share and I bet the neighbor never did figure out why all those marbles were in his pool :-)