Yesterday the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission issued a press release, stating that the use of crossbows is now legal during the regular bowhunting season of that state. I welcome this news and congratulate North Carolina for using commonsense and put crossbow hunting where it belongs, in the bowhunting season.
In a future column I will write more about crossbows and why they belong in my opinion in the bowhunting season and not the firearm season. As a bowhunter using traditional, compound and crossbow I will provide you with the unbiased information and the truth about crossbows.
As much as I welcome the addition of the crossbow in North Carolina I am dismayed about the following statement.
State law requires that anyone buying or otherwise receiving a crossbow in North Carolina first obtain a pistol permit from the sheriff’s office in their county of residence or hold a valid concealed handgun permit.
Questions about obtaining pistol permits and issuance of concealed handgun permits should be directed to the local sheriff’s department.
Am I the only one wondering why anyone wishing to purchase and own a crossbow would need to apply for a concealed weapons permit in NC? I’ve searched the Internet for a reason but couldn’t find any explanations that make sense. To me it just seems very strange to classify a crossbow in the same category as a handgun. If any of my North Carolina readers know why this weird law exists please let me know. Are there any other states with similar crossbow laws?
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