[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 9-14-1999 by L.L. No. 32-1999 (Ch. 382 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]
GENERAL REFERENCES651a Uncod LL Pro
Armor-piercing bullets — See Ch. 349.
Firearms and weapons — See Ch. 467.
Graffiti — See Ch. 502.
Laser pointers — See Ch. 555.
Security, protection and safety — See Ch. 730.
Smoke bombs — See Ch. 751.
This Legislature hereby finds and determines that the use of pipe bombs by individuals under 18 years of age is increasing and constitutes a public threat to life and safety as evidenced by the recent killings in Columbine, Colorado.
This Legislature further finds and determines that the process of using the main ingredients of pipe bombs, i.e. steel/PVC pipes and caps, is advertised over the Internet, while the actual pipes and caps are sold mainly by vendors throughout many Long Island communities.
Therefore, the purpose of this chapter is to prohibit the sale of steel/PVC pipes and caps, the main components of manufacturing pipe bombs, to minors under 18 years of age within the County of Suffolk on a year-round basis in order to protect juveniles from each other and to protect the public from death, destruction of property and personal injuries, all pursuant to the authority of this Legislature to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of this County.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Individuals; natural persons; partnerships; joint ventures; societies; associations; clubs; corporations; unincorporated groups of any members; officer, directors or stockholders or any kind of personal representative thereof, in any capacity, acting for himself or for any other person, under either personal appointment or pursuant to law.
No individual under 18 years of age shall purchase steel/PVC pipes and caps within the County of Suffolk at any time of year.
No person within the County of Suffolk shall sell or offer to sell steel/PVC pipes and caps to an individual under 18 years of age within the County of Suffolk at any time of year.
All persons within the County of Suffolk who sell or offer for sale steel/PVC pipes and caps shall post a conspicuous sign, containing all capital lettering not less than one inch in height on a contrasting background, summarizing the prohibitions contained in § 651-3 of this chapter and further stating "UNDER PENALTY OF CRIMINAL PROSECUTION."
Any intentional violation of § 651-3 of this chapter shall constitute an unclassified misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine of up to $5,000.
This chapter shall apply only to actions occurring on or after the effective date of this chapter.