(NOTE FROM THE UK: Wrist braced slings are not permitted in Germany and are completely prohibited in Holland.) Slingshots and catapults are "toys" that are only classified as offensive weapons due to improper usage or placement. They are therefore legal to own but only if they are kept in an area where they cannot be accessed by children.
In the United States, slingshots are considered toys rather than firearms and so are not subject to federal regulation. However, states may have their own regulations regarding their sale. Some states prohibit the sale of slingshots to minors, while others require them to be packaged with warnings about risk of injury or death. The material used to make slingshots can also be regulated; for example, pliable plastic materials must be marked with the words "DANGER" in large letters on one side.
In addition to state laws, cities may have their own regulations regarding slingshots. For example, some cities limit the number of locations within their borders where they can be sold. Others may have age requirements for their purchase. Still others may forbid the sale of new models of slingshots. Consult your local law enforcement agency or search online for your city's regulations to find out more.
The rule governing catapult hunting can only be deduced from the laws governing other field sports. Catapults are considered firearms when used for shooting arrows, so they would require registration and licensing like guns.
Slingshots are toys that use elasticity to shoot balls or rocks. They are commonly seen in children's books and movies where they are used to capture villains. Because of their simplicity and ease of use, slingshots are popular items for self-defense. There is no specific law regarding slingshots, but it is recommended that you not use them unless you are willing to risk going to jail or being fined.
Slingshots are not classified as guns in the United Kingdom and are not subject to any regulations. A slingshot, on the other hand, can be classified as a "offensive weapon." In reality, depending on the circumstances, almost anything can be classified as an offensive weapon under UK law. For example, if you shoot someone with your slingshot out of anger, that would be considered assault by bludgeoning.
In England and Wales, you can only possess firearms or explosive devices such as bombs and grenades. The possession of slingstones is not prohibited, but their use as a weapon may be punishable as assault.
In Scotland, there are no restrictions on the possession or use of weapons. However, like the rest of the UK, shooting someone with a slingshot would be considered assault by bludgeoning.
A banned weapon in NSW is any device consisting of an elasticized band fastened to the forks of a "Y" shaped frame. They cannot be possessed, carried, used, exhibited, or sold without the approval of the Chief Commissioner for Prohibited Weapons. Slingshots are now for sale in Queensland.
The main reason for their prohibition is that they can be used as a weapon by throwing it at someone. This is considered a criminal act in most countries. However, people may use their own discretion on whether to prosecute individuals who throw slingshots at animals.
In some states, such as New South Wales, Australia, they are prohibited because of their potential use as a weapon. In other states, such as Victoria, Australia, they are legal but must be declared and shown at a police station. If not, they become illegal weapons.
People also use slingshots for hunting. A hunter will load his/her sling with small metal balls or rocks. Then he/she will stand over a chosen prey and release the ball/rock, which will injure or kill the animal.
Some farmers use them to shoot birds that are eating their crops. But they must be set up so that only one projectile can be fired at a time. Otherwise, more serious charges could be filed against the person using it.
Finally, people make homemade slingshots.