I was on a mission to find out if a slingshot in my pocket was considered a concealed weapon in NY when i ran across the following laws. Reading the first portion you see where just the wrist-brace type slingshot is illegal. But look down to § 265.15 #3 - They state that if you are in a car with a "slungshot" ( they do not mention the wrist-brace on this part ) then it is against the law... Anyone here a lawyer or just good at interpreting law? It seems to me that since it doesn't say wrist-brace a cop could arrest me if he found a regular old slingshot in my car, but if I'm not in a car I am safe somehow?
§ 265.01 Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.
A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth
(1) He or she possesses any firearm, electronic dart gun, electronic
stun gun, gravity knife, switchblade knife, pilum ballistic knife, metal
knuckle knife, cane sword, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, plastic knuckles,
metal knuckles, chuka stick, sand bag, sandclub, wrist-brace type
slingshot or slungshot, shirken or "Kung Fu star"; or
(2) He possesses any dagger, dangerous knife, dirk, razor, stiletto,
imitation pistol, or any other dangerous or deadly instrument or weapon
with intent to use the same unlawfully against another; or
§ 265.15 Presumptions of possession, unlawful intent and defacement.
1. The presence in any room, dwelling, structure or vehicle of any
machine-gun is presumptive evidence of its unlawful possession by all
persons occupying the place where such machine-gun is found.
2. The presence in any stolen vehicle of any weapon, instrument,
appliance or substance specified in sections 265.01, 265.02, 265.03,
265.04 and 265.05 is presumptive evidence of its possession by all
persons occupying such vehicle at the time such weapon, instrument,
appliance or substance is found.
3. The presence in an automobile, other than a stolen one or a public
omnibus, of any firearm, large capacity ammunition feeding device,
defaced firearm, defaced rifle or shotgun, defaced large capacity
ammunition feeding device, firearm silencer, explosive or incendiary
bomb, bombshell, gravity knife, switchblade knife, pilum ballistic
knife, metal knuckle knife, dagger, dirk, stiletto, billy, blackjack,
plastic knuckles, metal knuckles, chuka stick, sandbag, sandclub or
slungshot is presumptive evidence of its possession by all persons
occupying such automobile at the time such weapon, instrument or
appliance is found, except under the following circumstances: (a) if
such weapon, instrument or appliance is found upon the person of one of
the occupants therein; ( if such weapon, instrument or appliance is
found in an automobile which is being operated for hire by a duly
licensed driver in the due, lawful and proper pursuit of his or her
trade, then such presumption shall not apply to the driver; or © if
the weapon so found is a pistol or revolver and one of the occupants,
not present under duress, has in his or her possession a valid license
to have and carry concealed the same