- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - It would no longer be a crime in Florida to carry a concealed slungshot under a bill that won its first committee approval.

No, not a slingshot, but a slungshot, and Republican Sen. Alan Hays was asked to explain the difference Monday when presenting his bill (SB 1000) before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

A slungshot is a maritime tool - a rope with a weight that’s wrapped in a knot called a monkey fist. They’ve traditionally been used to help sailors toss lines, but were outlawed after they became a popular weapon among 19th-century street gangs.

At risk of being charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, Hays pulled a small slungshot from his pocket to demonstrate, slowly spinning it around.

A few jokes followed before the bill was approved unanimously.

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