Response To Superheroes Breaking The Law - Or Are They?
I spoke to a mate of mine, Lord Malignance, a few days ago pertaining to a post which he made on his blog, *plug* Embrace the Malignance entitled Superheroes Breaking the Law - Or Are They? (link). Lord Malignance stated:
"New York Law (http://ypdcrime.com/penal.law/article265.htm)
The Pertinent text (S 265.20 Exemptions).
'4. Possession of a rifle, shotgun or longbow for use while hunting, trapping or fishing, by a person, not a citizen of the United States, carrying a valid license issued pursuant to section 11-0713 of the environmental conservation law.'
So, IS it illegal to practice Archery on the rooftop of a building in a busy city?
Here's a news story about someone being arrested for firing an arrow in The Bronx, New York of all places;
'It is not illegal to own bows and arrows in New York City, though people who use them as weapons can be charged with reckless endangerment. It is against parks department rules, however, to bring any 'missile-propelling instruments' into city parks.'
One isn't clear then, if the New York Initiative were in fact committing a crime when filmed shooting arrows on their roof in the Bronx. They weren't using the weapons as weapons - there was no prey to shoot at, and they weren't in a city park. It may be in New York, it's only criminal IF someone is hit by an arrow."Lord Malignance then went on to say on his Facebook wall:
"13. Yay! I have my bow, but am I breaking the law?
No. Article 265: FIREARMS AND OTHER DANGEROUS WEAPONS of the New York penal law does NOT list bows as a dangerous weapon.
It can be classified as a "dangerous instrument", but so can a pencil.
A dangerous instrument refers to using something to menace with the intent to harm, and is more about your conduct while in possession of a bow and arrows.
To travel with a bow and avoid any unfortunate situations it is strongly advised you to carry it in a case that can be locked. To be clear here, you can buy a bow case that can be locked, buy a cloth case or even stow it in luggage, but make sure that the bow is not readily identifiable as one.
from source;"It is illegal for an arrow to pass over any part of a public highway; within 500ft of any school, playground, or an occupied factory or church; within 500ft feet of a dwelling, farm building or structure in occupation or use unless you own it, lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee, or have the owner's consent. (Reference)"
First off, they live in a brownstone apartment building with numerous other tenants. Lucid would never have gotten the okay from his landlord, nor would Zim-Zim, to discharge a bow (L) or to run on the edge of the building (Z)...it’s all about liability, and technically if anything happens to either of these “heroes”, then the landlord/management company would be at fault as well. Also, their building DOES have rules and regulations which these guys are breaking...
Secondly, if you paid any attention to the Superheroes Documentary, more over to the street names, street signs, and Zimmer bloody pointing their location out on the map of Brooklyn, you would know where the NYIs residence is located. Their domicile is less then 200ft from, not one, but two churches. Their address was 1222 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY (link). Here is a lil' picture of it for you:
|Compare it to the video above...|
So, they could get busted for that in and of itself.
Next up, while it is true that a bow is not a weapon, a bow with a nocked arrow is. You cannot walk through the streets of NY with a nocked arrow, let alone whilst drawing said arrow...this is also true whilst shooting a top a building in a spot which is not designated or designed as an archery shooting range.
I hope this clears up any uncertainties. If you still have any questions, confusions, or frustrations, then feel free to call the NYPD. Here is a list of department numbers: Click Here.
Shamess Screen Grab courtesy of Dark Wolf's Mind Games