Minot, ND asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for New York

Q: Can I carry a Stinger Tactical whip (or a whip of any kind) in New York State for self defense?

I have no criminal record, and I am a staff sergeant in the Air Force with a CCW permit from Minot, North Dakota. When I go home on military leave, I live near Buffalo NY.

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Peter Wade Kolp
Peter Wade Kolp
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Licensed in New York

A: I dont see any explicit ban on stinger whips. Nor do i see a license permit to carry one. You may want to consult an attorney before carrying. But keep in mind a bat, certain kitchen knives or an ax may not be illegal but if used illegally... also does the opposite end the stinger have an electric charge or does the whip have some electric charge that may cause it to be.

Heres a list of banned items:

This list is the rest of the weapons that are expressly prohibited. It’s noteworthy that anything used to assault another person, even in self-defense can be considered a weapon or deadly weapon in a court of law. The distinction is entirely up to the judge.

Billy Clubs- A Billy is a stick, typically with a loop attached at one end or another handle

Blackjacks- Leather over a piece of metal with a springy handle, similar to a sand club

Bludgeons- Also known as a cudgel, stick, truncheon or bat

Chuka Sticks or Nunchuks- Two sticks connected by rope or chain

Electronic Dart Guns- Any gun that shoots darts using a power source like a battery

Electronic Stun Guns- This includes tasers

Metal Knuckles- Metal knuckle coverings

Plastic Knuckles- Plastic knuckle coverings

Sand Bag- Quite literally a bag with sand inside used to hit people

Sand Club- A sewn leather tool shaped like a small paddle with sand inside used as a club

Shirken or Kung Fu Star- Also called ninja stars or throwing stars

Slungshot- A slungshot is a weighted ball inside a monkey fist knot of rope with a loop of rope to swing or throw the weapon.

Wrist-Brace Type Slingshot- This is a slingshot that attaches to the wrist and may fold down when not in use for easy concealment.

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