do you need a gun licence of something to own a bow

hi all im wondering if someone could tell me if a gun licence is needed to buy a bow not a crossbow thanks lukerambo

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celendine9210 years ago
Australia! Sweeet. Is archery a big thing there? I live in New Mexico USA, and sometimes it seems like nobody out here cares about any sports except the norm. Football, baseball ect. I feel so deprived!!
lukeRAMBO (author)  celendine9210 years ago
it pretty big here but not realy around where i live because i live in the country and i dont like foxes or rabbits
in my part of the world (Ireland) it is illegal to own a crossbow but not to own a longbow. Legally here If i am caught walking down the street with a crossbow i am carying an offensive weapon but if i have a longbow i am carrying an item of sports equipment. Go figure
lukeRAMBO (author) 10 years ago
yer archerkid i live just outside of a town, and i now have a bow, i got a 50ib recurve and its awsome but thanks anyway
reddstagg10 years ago
They were going to bring in a policy for licenscing 4 or 5 years ago, once when a kid accidently shot and killed his neighbour, christmas morning... i was involved in the corner report and had to try and recreate the shot (Next to impossible... totally freakish shot)... the policy never got off the ground.

You will get arrested if your carrying your bow (A weapon) around a local park taking pot shots... you wont get arrested if your in an achery club practicing. They are lethal weapons, and if your caught carrying one around while having 'bit of fun' expect serious punishment.

Defiantly join an achery club, not only will they teach you to shoot properly. I couldnt hit a target from 30m, i can now hit a clout target (Size of a human head) from 135m... and from 200+ arrows, i rarely miss the X (Inner bullseye size of the small side of a matchbox)Ive also shot at Club, State, National and World level, Club shooting is loads of fun.. i shot round straw fita targets.. but you can join an ABA(Australian bowhunters assc) and you can shoot animal targets.
Our Familys Medals Cabinet (only 3 trophies for other spots in there ... lawn bowls and basketball these are at the top)

2 Words of caution
But dont use home-made boys... unless its a proper laminated longbow, built under the supervision of someone who knows what there doing ... i have seen several home-made bows, ranging from fiberglass, car suspenion, wood, plastic... all home made bows ive seen have broken in the middle of the bow and 2 fractured the shoots skull, another ..the shooter got huge bits of plastic lodged in there arm.

Also NEVER EVER use wooden arrows.... ive seen them snap mid shot on some high powered bows and send a shower of splinters deep into the shoots arm, (Through clothing) it only takes a slight fracture in the arrow for it to happen on low powered toy bows aswell
hey reddstag what state and club do you shoot at
assasin reddstagg10 years ago
archerkid10 years ago
hey lukerambo i am an aussi kid and i have been shooting bows for about 2 years. owning a bow depends on your age. if you live in/around sydney private message me and i will give you some good shops and lesson places.
lukeRAMBO (author) 10 years ago
thanks reddstagg for the info and i think i will join a archery club
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