Are you allowed to own a slingshot in Cayman?

| 05/04/2018

Someone said that slingshots are illegal in the Cayman Islands. Can you please confirm that?

Ask Auntie, CNS Local Life, Caymanian statusAuntie’s answer: This is one of those questions that I thought would be easy to answer, but I was wrong. However, an RCIPS spokesperson helped me through it.

Apparently, there is nothing specific in the law that, as it pertains to police action, suggests that a slingshot is illegal. Having that said, though, I was told that “depending on the manner it is used, i.e. if it is used to cause harm to a person, then it becomes an offensive weapon”.

In addition, there is the issue of whether it is legal to import a slingshot and for that I consulted the Customs Department website, in the section on “Prohibitions and Restrictions” (see link here for the complete list). On the list of items people are not allowed to bring into Cayman, it includes the “import of bows, pellet guns, catapults or other manually operated weapons which are capable of projecting arrows or other missiles”.

To expand on that prohibition, I will add that by definition, slingshots are considered a type of catapult, so it would be best to leave that out of your suitcase if you are travelling here.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    They have not evolved far enough to actually enforce any rules or laws here. Police are just used record accidents after the fact and try and get criminals to get to court.

  2. Anonymous says:

    They should be banned. The surgical tubing rubber that forms the catapult part of most performance slingshots can be used to recommission illegal spearguns.

    • Anonymous says:

      The “surgical” (Latex) tubing is sold in the local hardware store and used for other applications other that recommissioning illegal spear guns. So banning sling shots will not solve the problem. Further more, the latex tubing is not illegal and be imported so your solution makes no sense.

  3. David says:

    In the name of religion I brought mine in without any trouble. If they try to stop you just tell them it’s for defence against any giants that might show up unexpectedly.

  4. Yellowman says:

    well for one…if one day yourself ever own a land and evasive iguanas eating everything down including birds eggs, beehives..then you will realise a butter knife is used to eat but that can also be a weapon use your common sense and get out of that box you living in. People in cayman have too much phobia. yet lack so much empathy.

  5. Yellowman says:

    An island whee the culture is thought to be scared of every little thing….yap about the book called the Bible…yet the empathy is so lacking ..but this what you get when you had all that inbreeding here …pathetic.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yellow man you seem to always have a tidal wave of anger tumbling inside of you. That same bjble will be used to judge and condemn you on the last day if you continue down the path you are on. No one is forcing you to read the Bible, what happened you read it once and felt uneasy? Try to be a good person going forward would be a first step. Remember Jesus loves you too!

  6. Animaliberator says:

    Weird that there is no specific answer to this question. Slingshots and the like are usually used to hit unsuspecting animals so the user can witness a generally horrible reaction from the animal which brings some sick excitement to the person using it, specifically when the user(s) are having a competition.

    So, if it is not illegal, it should be, period!

    • Anonymous says:

      Your comment sounds much similar to how some on island treat women. Ironic?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I made one myself with a nice piece of hardwood, $5 bicycle tube and an old shoe tounge found on the beach. Needless to say, the amount of green iguana sh!7 in my backyard has dropped substantially..