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    Crossbow Legality Help (Canada)

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    Crossbow Legality Help (Canada)

    Post by JacobL on Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:51 pm

    By legal definition, a crossbow in Canada is a prohibited weapon if it is under 500 mm and/or can be shot with one hand.

    Here's a problem. I wanted to make a handheld, mini bb shooting crossbow. For airsoft, obviously just a toy. The trigger-sear design keeps it from it being able to shoot a bolt of any sort.  

    I thought that anything that has a bow or prod is a crossbow, or anything that is labeled as a crossbow. There are many, many kid's toy crossbows that are under 500 mm and one-handed. Most if not all are toys that shoot foam darts. They don't attract any legal attention at all. 

    The reason they don't attract an attention is because they do not shoot any sort of bolts or lethal arrows. 

    So if I make a handheld crossbow that could only shoot small bbs, nothing else, would it be allowed?

    What if I made it mechanical, and possess no limbs?

    Looking forward to your guys' responses on this one.
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    Re: Crossbow Legality Help (Canada)

    Post by kenh on Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:07 am

    Get an actual copy of the laws regarding crossbows -- which may vary from city to city and province to province, and read the actual words, not just  "I thought" or "I understood".  Your local library may have what you need.

    Your best bet would be to contact a Canadian lawyer, or the Canadian equivalent of the NRA or something like that.  Anything we say here can only be hearsay.
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    Re: Crossbow Legality Help (Canada)

    Post by JacobL on Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:48 am

    That's what I was thinking. Not sure where to find that, though. Tried the federal RCMP website but no luck. If there any Canadian forum members, please help me out
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    Re: Crossbow Legality Help (Canada)

    Post by Anatine Duo on Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:57 pm

    Be cautious unless you have a criminal lawyer for a friend!  I made a toy crossbow for my son and kept it over 50cm and two handed.  

    There is something about velocity for toys too.  I'm seeing a lot of toys with 100fps on the box.  The problem with crossbows is that they are readily fitted with broadheads and that makes them disproportionately dangerous.  I made my son's to shoot 1/2" plus bolts so if he got hold of my carbons the string would hopefully slide over.

    Using a shuttle should help but I'm not a lawyer and can't afford one!
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    Re: Crossbow Legality Help (Canada)

    Post by JacobL on Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:31 pm

    I see. Well, the design of mine uses a rounded trigger sear that would act as a detent and lock for the bb, and would also keep it from being able to shoot any other projectile than an airsoft bb. I'm sure the velocity won't reach anything higher than 200 FPS. 

    The main reason that I'd like to keep it small is because of the bow itself. I'd like to see if having a small, lightweight, and fast bow with super lightweight ammo, though a short draw length could beat my bigger, heavier bow with a longer draw length. I mean that efficiency-wise and power-wise. 

    A work-around I could do is add a stock to make it over the size limit and keep it two-handed, but that would look and handle so stupidly, would love to just have it as a pistol. 

    Would also be interested in the crossbow you made, mostly in the prod. What did you use to make a nice, light prod?

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