Re: [SCA-Archery] Mundane Laws and Crossbows
As a builder of crossbows, and a current denizen of Caid, I've run
across a fair bit of trouble over using them. As someone ?Taliear?
mentioned, the range down in orange doesn't permit them because they
might shred the targets. But compound bows firing broadheads are
just fine. (They've got one butt that's built of a wall of dead
phone-books. Broadheads good, crossbows bad. I talked to the ranger
in charge of the range the last time I went down there, and the
"crossbows shred targets" bit was the policy. Explaining the
difference between crossbows and compounds, and what broadheads do
didn't seem to interest him. I gave up before I dug anybody any
That being said, the SCA crowd down there does hold one of the *very*
few crossbow friendly events in Caid. (Thanks guys, when's the next
Mundanely, I'm in Santa Barbara, and as far as I can tell, I can't
get a crossbow onto a regular range anywhere within 50+ miles of me.
I can cheerfully drive up into the hills and shoot into a cliff face,
but that's purely until/unless an over eager ranger decides to arrest
me. (These days, not a risk I'm eager to take.) The few regular
archery ranges around this neck of the woods (above the grade, for
you LA types.) don't permit crossbows, largely because they think I'm
going to shred their targets. The range owners I've talked to are
sometimes slightly interested in making an exception, but their other
stated goal is to keep out the kids with the whammo wrist rockets,
and the pistol crossbows, mostly because they don't like the sort of
person they percieve to be the likely owner of said toys.
Essentially, they're trying to keep out the wannabe ninjakinder.
For what it's worth, crossbows are legal in California, but nearly
impossible to do anything *except* hunt with. (Unless you're the
lucky owner of enough land to put up your own targets. Something of
a rarity in this part of the world.)
- On 3 May 2002 at 1:43, hanhebin wrote:
> I would recheck these facts because unless you have some kind ofI was commenting only on CT laws -- YMMV. =)
> special permit you can still be cited for illegally tranporting a
> weapon to and from a practice. Here in Utah transporting a strung
> crossbow and bolts even in the trunk of your car is classified as
> transporting a loaded weapon.