If you wish to possess or use a crossbow, you must obtain a Miscellaneous Licence. This licence will allow you to possess, carry and use crossbows, subject to specific conditions.
Crossbows are classed as a Category M weapon under the Weapons Categories Regulation 1996.
All licensees are required to provide a genuine reason in order to obtain a Miscellaneous Licence for crossbows. These reasons include:
- Club membership for Sports or Target shooting;
- Recreational shooting;
- Military re-enactment or demonstrations.
See the storage section for more information about secure storage requirements for crossbows.
See the acquiring weapons section for information on applying for a permit to acquire for a crossbow.