Crossbows - Everything about Building, Modding, and Using your Crossbow Gear

Latest topics

» size, shape and motif of Ulrich end-plate
by Rizzar Today at 4:19 am

» Huge steel prod for a catapult
by Gnome Yesterday at 6:26 pm

» New Member Intro
by Gnome Yesterday at 5:52 pm

» First crossbow build
by Nick D Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:48 pm

» Ming Dynasty Crossbow Replica
by jaeger22 Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:56 pm

» home make crossbow
by stm2010 Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:47 am

» classical era crossbow
by jeep Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:35 am

» Universal standard Crossbow nut
by kenh Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:44 am

» Has anyone tried this design?
by Roger.Lopez Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:44 am

» Material for trigger mechanism pivots
by Pavaise Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:51 pm

» New crossbow I have been working on for the last couple months.
by Pavaise Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:26 pm

» Crossbow Bolt groove design.
by 8fingers Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:41 am

» Hi Folks, new guy.
by Pavaise Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:56 pm

» Exceptionally strange pellet crossbow
by Andy. Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:48 pm

» latest build in progress
by kenh Tue Sep 23, 2014 2:01 am

» Pippi Kortborst (proof of concept model)
by Nerd Flintstone Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:16 am

» Forged Prod #2
by Rizzar Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:09 am

» The serious build
by Nerd Flintstone Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:08 pm

» New guy from Australia
by Andy. Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:41 am

» 2nd Crossbow Project
by Geezer Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:03 am

» sights fot powermaster
by kenh Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:47 pm

» custom crossbow
by jasper1978 Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:44 pm

» The Arbalist Guild - Around the World
by RJKeeney Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:33 pm

» Armbrust eigenbau
by konni1960 Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:37 pm

» New guy Intro
by selfyew Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:40 pm

Crossbow law changes in North Carolina551
  • Post new topic
  • Reply to topic

Crossbow law changes in North Carolina


Mr. Apol
Fresh Blood

Doesn't mean
I'm new to crossbows

Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

Posts: 17
Join date: 2011-04-27
Location: North Carolina

Crossbow law changes in North Carolina

Post by Mr. Apol on Wed May 11, 2011 1:25 am

At the end of April the NC state legislature rescinded the law that required residents of North Carolina to get a permit from the local sheriff before they could buy a crossbow. (This is the same process required to buy a handgun in NC). Senate bill 406 repealed that part of the permit requirement. Now guys like me can buy a crossbow without all the red tape and fees associated with the permit process.

Oddly enough, the inclusion of crossbows in the old law was not the work of anti-hunting or anti-weapon fanatics, but a lobbying group of North Carolina bowhunters, who object to crossbows as unsporting and (reading their webpage) rather sinister.

Paul Thompson

Senate bill 406 of 2011:

A webpage by the North Carolina Bowhunters Assoc.:


Posts: 542
Join date: 2010-03-02
Age: 35
Location: Arizona

Re: Crossbow law changes in North Carolina

Post by Basilisk120 on Wed May 11, 2011 5:21 am

Hey glad to hear the law was changed. Just reading on North Carolina hunting regs. If I read them correctly crossbows were legal for archery season before they were new law change? That's cool.

Man the North Carolina Bowhunters Assoc. really annoys me. All I have read about them is the one page you have linked and they annoy me and that has nothing to do with me liking crossbows. Even if I wasn't a crossbow guy and was just in to taking deer with a compound bow they would still piss me off with that position. Gah us hunters need to do more to stick together and let these petty differences create wins for the anti-hunting crowd. They go off on how crossbows shouldn't be in the "primitive hunting" season. well neither should compounds.

Quick story: A SCA friend of mine, who is into traditional archery - long bow and Japanese yumi and gives me good natured crap for "cheating" with a crossbow. got talking to a guy at the range about crossbows. The guy was going off on how crossbows are cheating and not real archery and what not. My friend then laughed at him and then explained how compound bows are not really different that crossbows, with there sights and releases and high let off weight and if crossbows are cheating then so are compounds. The guy was not amused. I thought it was funny.

All right I have more I could say on the topic but its late and I need to get to bed. But glad to hear about the win and good luck

Something Something Dark Side


Posts: 1040
Join date: 2009-11-26
Age: 26
Location: NJ, USA

Re: Crossbow law changes in North Carolina

Post by Ivo on Wed May 11, 2011 6:26 am

Yeh, definite congrats man!

Same story was here in Jersey, think it was 2009 that crossbows finally became legal to own/hunt with.

The NC bow hunters do make a few good points and I like bows, their construction, and the feel and challenge of shooting one...and I can even understand their stance of restricting crossbows from their competitions, but hunting...that's where I disagree.

Guess history once again showed us that "scissors beat paper".

HAve fun shooting your crossbow without any restrictions man and also let us know when you decide to build one. Wink


* *
~ "I don't have any special talents. I'm only passionately curious."
* * *
~ "All Genius is Simple"
* *

Master Crossbowyer
Master Crossbowyer

Posts: 688
Join date: 2010-01-12
Age: 66
Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Re: Crossbow law changes in North Carolina

Post by Geezer on Wed May 11, 2011 1:58 pm

The prejudice against crossbows and crossbow-shooters in the US is pervasive and as hard to argue against as racial prejudice once was all across the South. The handbow guys have these hardened attitudes, based on little or no information, that are not subject to reason in any way. You can say it's still archery... little arrows shot from bows at low velocity, you can point out the fact that modern compound-bows with trigger-releases and laser sights are more sophisticated and mechanized than medieval crossbows, but they don't want to hear it, much less reconsider prejudice. That's how prejudice works.

Master Weaponsmith
Master Weaponsmith

Posts: 445
Join date: 2010-12-23
Location: Near Philly USA

Re: Crossbow law changes in North Carolina

Post by mac on Wed May 11, 2011 4:03 pm

I think we inherited these prejudices from the English. It's all about putting a patriotic spin their exalted longbow.

I have nothing against longbows....just the people who fetishize them.


Todd the archer
Crossbow Junkie

I live here!

Crossbow JunkieI live here!

Posts: 568
Join date: 2010-02-26
Age: 52
Location: sellersville,pa.

Re: Crossbow law changes in North Carolina

Post by Todd the archer on Wed May 11, 2011 10:57 pm

I think their motto is "Don't confuse me with the facts". Funny thing is a lot of trad and compound archesr think they all are against crossbows. Truth is a lot a trad archers ARE okay with crossbows. Hey I am one myself!



Posts: 1040
Join date: 2009-11-26
Age: 26
Location: NJ, USA

Re: Crossbow law changes in North Carolina

Post by Ivo on Thu May 12, 2011 5:01 am

I think their motto is "Don't confuse me with the facts"

I've grown to love this one - "I respect myself and therefore I respect others" ...I'd put it in my signature, but it's too close to the heart to remove. Smile

Trad Archers...

Hey I am one myself!

I had a picture somewhere where my brothers and I are shooting the maple stickbows I made in our parents backyard...whip-ended tiller on my one brother's, misaligned tips on the other, and insane hand-shock on mine...Those were the days.


PS: Sweet bow Todd! Jam

* *
~ "I don't have any special talents. I'm only passionately curious."
* * *
~ "All Genius is Simple"
* *
  • Post new topic
  • Reply to topic

Current date/time is Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:00 am