geeze--the antis already have been after the slingshots!....next thing they will want to ban bricks (people can throw them and bash brains ya know)
City may ban slingshots and "shooting instruments of any kind"
he City Council approves, paintball guns, plus slingshots and "shooting instruments of any kind," would be banned under the same law that forbids airguns and blowguns.
"It's just like a gun ban. It's only going to affect those who try to break the law," said Chad Carter, a paintball gun owner and Bossier City resident.
Carter and his teenage son work or play at the Paintball Warehouse & Field in Shreveport every weekend. His wife and daughter often play, too.
"We find safe areas to play in whether it be a private field or a public course," Carter said. "Neighborhoods are too tight to do anything."
People who don't obey the law could be fined up to $500, imprisoned up to 60 days or both.
Councilman Scott Irwin initiated the bill after he said he heard complaints that someone had used a paintball gun in the Shady Grove area of his south Bossier district. . . .
Animal lover's call for slingshot ban
22nd September 2008
By Joe Flynn
A BURNETT Heads animal lover has taken aim at the sale of slingshots after claiming she had seen birds and cats being attacked with ball bearings.
Sue Lawrence joined a rising chorus calling for a ban on the sale of the weapon after the NewsMail reported a number of slingshot-related incidents.
"That's the annoying thing, the most frustrating thing that they are allowed to sell them," she said.
Miss Lawrence said too many slingshots are getting into the hands of youths, who are using them to damage property and harm people and animals.
"Why would you want a slingshot, what are they going to do with it?" she said. Under current Queensland legislation the sale of slingshots is allowed, but using or carrying one in public without reasonable excuse is an offence.
Slingshot sets, complete with ball bearings, are currently for sale in Bundaberg shops. "They should be banned completely it just doesn't make any sense, you're not allowed to use them," Miss Lawrence said.
Angry readers contacted the NewsMail last week in reaction to complaints about youths shooting bearings at houses on Walla Street.
Residents complained about a group of youths at the adjacent skate park shooting objects across the road and into vacant houses.
Other complaints have come forward about slingshots in east Bundaberg.
Earlier this year two Bundaberg teens were sentenced in Bundaberg Magistrates Court for using a slingshot and metal ball bearings to inflict $12,000 in damage to businesses around the city and injure a man.
Miss Lawrence said she had witnessed youths shooting cats and birds with slingshots. "They are not using them on a property to shoot cans or anything like that, they are using them to cause damage and hurt animals," she said.
Bundaberg Police Acting Inspector Kevin Guteridge said slingshots continue to be area of concern for police.
"It is an issue (police are) very concerned that they're being used for offences," he said. "The significant concern is the potential for injury."