0orksecurityBest Answer 10 years ago ReplyUpvoteCheck your local laws. In some municipalities, crossbows have been classified as firearms and require the same kind of licensing. Others are more relaxed about them. You certainly need to be VERY aware of what might be behind whatever you're shooting at, no matter what you're shooting with. Even a light bow can be dangerous if misused. Personal opinion: Compound bows are impressively accurate, but a bow with "training wheels" -- the compound mechanism, stabilizers, sights and a mechanical release -- barely qualifies as archery. I find traditional archery (recurve, which is what I shoot, or longbow, or horsebow) much more interesting. Matter of taste, admittedly.