Well, I'll be darned. I sent in my post on Emily's slingshots to a couple of carnivals, and one reader commented on her blog that her boys liked the post, but that slingshots are illegal in New Jersey, where they live. So I started wondering, could they be illegal here? I've seen them for sale at stores, so obviously you can purchase and own them. After a little searching, I did come up on this Virginia statute that says, in part:
If any person carries about his person, hidden from common observation, (i) any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material; (ii) any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack; [ . . .] or (v) any weapon of like kind as those enumerated in this subsection, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Yikes! Emily had better keep the slingshot in full view at all times in public. :) Though it does say:
This section shall not apply to any person while in his own place of abode or the curtilage thereof.