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Is it illegal to carry or use a slingshot in any areas around the USA?
5/3/2013 | rlmorel

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?


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I live in Massachusetts, so it just naturally occurred to me (big surprise) that someone, somewhere might well have laws against it.
1 posted on 05/03/2013 6:27:41 PM PDT by rlmorel
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To: rlmorel

Depends.

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.


2 posted on 05/03/2013 6:31:06 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: rlmorel

Good question. The way things are going lately, you could get arrested for being in possession of a sharp stick, even a pencil.


3 posted on 05/03/2013 6:31:41 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: rlmorel

It isn’t a firearm


4 posted on 05/03/2013 6:32:29 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: rlmorel

Illegal in the Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashore areas.


5 posted on 05/03/2013 6:34:26 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: rlmorel
Mass, New Jersey and Rhode Island = Bad.

Keep in mind, many areas think knives, sling shots, etc. Aren't 'arms' and ya don't have a right to have them.

6 posted on 05/03/2013 6:35:19 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: rlmorel

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.


7 posted on 05/03/2013 6:36:32 PM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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To: rlmorel

I did a search for “slingshots illegal” and sure enough...

Why are Slingshots with wrist bands illegal in NY?
http://www.nyfirearms.com/forums/off-topic/21501-why-slingshots-wrist-bands-illegal-ny.html

Slingshots are illegal in some areas........ -
http://nhunting.com/forum/topic/6560-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 Jersey
New York: Only wrist-braced slingshots are illegal.
Massachusetts
Minnesota: Duluth
Rhode Island
South Carolina: Charleston
Tennessee: Knoxville & Johnson City
Utah: Salt Lake County
Virginia: Falls Church”

Where did my country go?


8 posted on 05/03/2013 6:37:45 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: CMailBag
True. But to paraphrase Boss Spearman in 'Open Range', "...authorities is funny about such things..."
9 posted on 05/03/2013 6:38:15 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: rlmorel
Free men don't ask permission.

They have a lawyer on speed dial and bail pre-arranged.

/johnny

10 posted on 05/03/2013 6:39:19 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: rlmorel

If they want you, they will take you.


11 posted on 05/03/2013 6:41:23 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: rlmorel

Check out this guy and his command of a slingshot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ieWrWLjii0


12 posted on 05/03/2013 6:42:23 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: rlmorel

Going after Goliath?


13 posted on 05/03/2013 6:44:13 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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Please don't let this happen.

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14 posted on 05/03/2013 6:45:18 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: rlmorel

There is probably a law against it in some jurisdiction.


15 posted on 05/03/2013 6:48:19 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: PastorBooks

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...:)


16 posted on 05/03/2013 6:50:27 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: rlmorel

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.


17 posted on 05/03/2013 6:51:12 PM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: gorush

Truer words were never spoken.


18 posted on 05/03/2013 6:51:22 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: PastorBooks

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.


19 posted on 05/03/2013 6:53:55 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: jespasinthru

As kids, we were all pretty good with wristrockets. We’d even lob M-8o’s.


20 posted on 05/03/2013 7:00:34 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: rlmorel
In 1950`s I made a wooden slingshot and a boomerang as part of the shop curriculum in the local school in NY State.

I say take back our country from the communists!

21 posted on 05/03/2013 7:00:48 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: rlmorel
I believe ‘assault sling shots’ are illegal. You know, ones with a folding stock, or holds more than ten rocks.

And of course, never in a million years could you get away with calling them what they were called in my day.

22 posted on 05/03/2013 7:01:22 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: rlmorel

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!


23 posted on 05/03/2013 7:01:28 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: jespasinthru

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!


24 posted on 05/03/2013 7:01:47 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: rlmorel

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)?


25 posted on 05/03/2013 7:05:32 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (You don't have to be stupid to become a Progressive, but it does speed up the process.)
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To: rlmorel

depends on use and state


26 posted on 05/03/2013 7:05:46 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: jespasinthru

Actually, there are all kinds of laws regarding crossbows. Consult your individual state.


27 posted on 05/03/2013 7:06:18 PM PDT by slouper
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To: rlmorel
So far as I know, there are no restrictions about possessing a slingshot in Virginia so long is it is not concealed.....unless of course you have a concealed carry permit.

You can even open carry a pistol in Virginia; no permit required.

28 posted on 05/03/2013 7:08:24 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: rlmorel

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.


29 posted on 05/03/2013 7:10:07 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: CMailBag
It isn’t a firearm

That's right. It's an armfire.

30 posted on 05/03/2013 7:11:17 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU...)
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To: rlmorel

Gosh. I sure HOPE not! (Innocent Until PROVEN Guilty...)


31 posted on 05/03/2013 7:13:29 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Born to Conserve

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.


32 posted on 05/03/2013 7:13:49 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: I cannot think of a name

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)


33 posted on 05/03/2013 7:16:23 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

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.


34 posted on 05/03/2013 7:18:43 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Sigh. A part of me realizes how bad things have gotten when I seriously have to wonder whether a slingshot IS illegal anywhere.


35 posted on 05/03/2013 7:21:15 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I don’t doubt it. I have had some pretty accurate shots myself, and I am just a hacker.


36 posted on 05/03/2013 7:22:41 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: Repeat Offender

That is 100% the way it should be everywhere.

It should have never gotten to this point.


37 posted on 05/03/2013 7:24:09 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

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...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ieWrWLjii0


38 posted on 05/03/2013 7:24:25 PM PDT by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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To: rlmorel

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.

http://www.sausa.com/category.php?category=16


39 posted on 05/03/2013 7:26:26 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Repeat Offender

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.


40 posted on 05/03/2013 7:30:23 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: laplata

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.


41 posted on 05/03/2013 7:37:18 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: rlmorel

Is it an “assault wrist-rocket”?

Is it fully automatic?

Silencer?


42 posted on 05/03/2013 7:42:51 PM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Paul R.

That’s great!


43 posted on 05/03/2013 7:43:49 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: rlmorel
don't know about the laws, but... start at the top of the Shenandoah Valley outside of Winchester, then down the Blue Ridge and then across the Great Smokey Mountains and it's a trip you'll never forget
44 posted on 05/03/2013 7:59:38 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: rlmorel

What a neat story! Thank you for sharing.


45 posted on 05/03/2013 8:06:49 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: PastorBooks

Well, at least my pea shooter can still be carried legally.


46 posted on 05/03/2013 8:14:15 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: PastorBooks
Interesting, if accurate. I live in Jonson City and order AR 15 complete uppers and parts all the time. There is not restriction on shipping them to me here. Odd that slingshot paraphernalia is outlawed ...
47 posted on 05/03/2013 8:14:42 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: rlmorel
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.

....and whose land would you be doing this on?

48 posted on 05/03/2013 8:22:43 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: rlmorel
I have had some pretty accurate shots myself, and I am just a hacker.

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 :-)

49 posted on 05/03/2013 8:33:48 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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50 posted on 05/03/2013 8:37:22 PM PDT by onedoug
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