Frequently Asked Questions
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Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.
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It is an offence for a person under the age of 18 to have in his/her possession a crossbow and its component parts (unless they are under the supervision of a person aged 21 or over). This applies to all places not just in public places and also applies to hiring a crossbow.
The legislation only applies to crossbows, which have a certain strength (a draw weight of over 1.4 kilograms ).
However, even if you are over 18 then there are only limited circumstances when you would be able to possess it without falling foul of the law on offensive weapons.