Councilman proposes bill to ban ice picks

Councilman Peter Vallone (Credit: William Alatriste)
Councilman Peter Vallone (Credit: William Alatriste)

Ice picks are a dangerous new gang tool, and one Councilman wants to ban teenagers from owning them.

Councilman and Public Safety Chair Peter Vallone introduced legislation Wednesday to ban anyone under 21 from possessing an ice pick.

Vallone said ice picks are a new, popular weapon among gangs.

“As violent criminals have become more and more afraid to carry guns out of fear of being stopped by police, they have adjusted and found new weapons to use to hurt innocent people and one another, and the law must now also adjust to stop them,” Vallone said.

One example his office noted: in 2011, John Martinez, or the “Ice Pick Bandit,” used an ice pick to rob six women.

The legislation would outlaw the possession or sale of ice picks to anyone under 21.


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