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legal status of slings
Mar 27th, 2010 at 6:18pm
 
hello, I'm brand new to the forum and honored to be here.
First question... does any one know the legal status of slings in New York state?
thanks in advance for your help.
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Reply #1 - Mar 27th, 2010 at 6:29pm
 
A piece of rope will never be made illegal.
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Reply #2 - Mar 27th, 2010 at 6:49pm
 
Trouble is a sling is more than just a piece of rope.

It's quite likely that a sling has no legal status as most legislators are not up enough on such specifics. Often there is confusion between slings and slingshots and so on. However most legislatures also have 'catch-all' clauses which allow you to be charged with 'dangerous behaviour' or the like even if the item you are allegedly misusing is quite legal in itself; eg, playing baseball in the park is OK, swinging or even carrying a baseball bat in a shopping mall is not.
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Reply #3 - Mar 27th, 2010 at 7:06pm
 
Mr. Boss wrote on Mar 27th, 2010 at 6:29pm:
A piece of rope will never be made illegal.


That's like saying that a piece of metal will never be illegal, but if you turn it into something dangerous like a knife or a shank it's different.
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Reply #4 - Mar 27th, 2010 at 9:01pm
 
nope, it's fine, but in a place like where rebels are slinging at soldiers, you best tread carefully.
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Reply #5 - Mar 27th, 2010 at 10:27pm
 
Hi, daveb, and welcome;
    I live in New Jersey.  I'm pretty sure that sling shots are illegal and slings are legal. I imagine that this is due to the sling's relative obscurity, in that it's potential destructive power is much greater than a sling shot's.   I know for a fact that hunting with a sling is illegal.  I suppose that New York's laws are similar to New Jersey's.
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Reply #6 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 2:59am
 
i once asked an officer about slings or something like that. i forget what i asked, but im pretty sure the answer applied to slings.
he basically told me that anything propelling and object at lethal forces could be considers illegal.
that or i asked about concealed weapons, with the sling in mind.

to wrap it up, dont kill someone, and im sure you'll be fine.
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Reply #7 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 6:00am
 
But, does any one know anything, about situation of Slings in UK?
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Reply #8 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 6:05am
 
Slinger93 wrote on Mar 28th, 2010 at 6:00am:
But, does any one know anything, about situation of Slings in UK?


Pretty sure that C-A has looked into this and will give you a fuller answer but I'm also pretty sure it's along the lines of my answer above, in that slings are not specifically mentioned but you could be charged with 'carrying an offensive weapon' or 'discharging a missile in a public place' etc.

As I have said on numerous occassions, here in Australia I've never once had a problem slinging tennis balls, even in quite public parks, but I wouldn't throw stones unless right out in the countryside.
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Reply #9 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 6:55am
 
I usually carry a tennis ball along with my slings, thereby making them dog playing tools.  While slings as such is not mentioned, if the police think/claim something/anything is carried as a weapon, it is by definition illegal in my little part of the world.

Just a vague thought; while a braided split pouch sling may be an intricate piece of rope art, a typical cord/pouch sling could be recogniced as a weapon almost everywhere (legal or not).
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Reply #10 - Mar 27th, 2010 at 7:12pm
 
Maybe the legal status of the sling should be included in the topics of general interest on the FAQ. I've seen that question asked a lot by newcomers.
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Reply #11 - Mar 27th, 2010 at 10:40pm
 
The only trouble is that we don't have anything close to a comprehensive list of places where slinging is legal, illegal, or where the legality is obscure. In the state of Alabama, in the U.S., the laws were written by people who had no idea what they were talking about. When talking about slingshots in our state laws the words sling and slingshot are used interchangeably, but both are defined as a devise which uses elastic to propel a projectile. Legality is a vague thing, so I think it's best for newbies to ask and hopefully look up the legal status of slings in their area.

Maybe we should start a list? I'd only want to do that based on actual laws, not just where people sling and haven't gotten in trouble yet.
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Massi - WTF? It's called a sling. You use it to throw rocks farther and faster than you could otherwise. That's all. 
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Reply #12 - Mar 27th, 2010 at 11:36pm
 
As stated above, this question is often asked however the answers are often fairly general. Of course legal opinion questions are always murky.

If you want to take this project onboard it could be quite good but the idea of the FAQ section was to merely have pointers or links to various threads where the specific question is addressed. So post any replies and/or comments in the thread already started and I will create a link to it under GENERAL INTEREST.
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Reply #13 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 10:45pm
 
As long as you don't hurt anyone or brake anything, you should be fine. If you do break something, you might be better off saying that you threw it.  Smiley
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Reply #14 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 11:09pm
 
I couldn't find where "slingshot" and "sling" are defined, but this link has both the definition of "A Dangerous Instrument" and "A Deadly Weapon" for Alabama. According to the letter of the law anything becomes a weapon at the moment of it's use as a weapon, but only guns, shotguns, knives, clubs, and brass knuckles are defined as being a weapon at all times. Until you hurt someone intentionally slinging is legal. The intent to cause harm is the deciding factor for "Dangerous Instruments".

http://www.legislature.state.al.us/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm

Edit: I found the specific law about slingshots and brass knuckles. Don't hide them or things "of like description". Slings are still safe in that they are of completely discrete construction from slingshots and the law says "like description" and not "like purpose". Happy slinging, Bammers!

http://www.legislature.state.al.us/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm
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