"New York Expandable Baton Laws
New York Laws: Penal : (265.00 - 265.40) Firearms And Other Dangerous Weapons
§ 265.01 Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree when: (1) He possesses any firearm, electronic dart gun, electronic stun gun, gravity knife, switchblade knife, pilum ballistic knife, metal knuckle knife, cane sword, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, metal knuckles, chuka stick, sand bag, sandclub, wrist-brace type slingshot or slungshot, shirken or "Kung Fu star"; or (2) He possesses any dagger, dangerous knife, dirk, razor, stiletto, imitation pistol, or any other dangerous or deadly instrument or weapon with intent to use the same unlawfully against another;"
After all these years I'm still learning something new every day. Some things I wish I could un-learn though, would save some annoyance and agitation. This is one of them.
The impetus for that ridiculousness certainly originated in New York City with it's militarized police force. What's next? Making it illegal to pick up a stick with which to defend oneself? At this rate someday simply clenching a fist is going to be felony. Who is going to protect us from our assailants and so called protectors then? The tooth fairy?