Stricter laws governing the purchase/acquisition/possession of crossbows

Legislate to ensure that safeguards are put in place to reduce the likelihood of these lethal weapons being possessed by those with no legitimate reason to own/use them or where it would likely give rise to concerns for public safety.

42,072 Signatures

Monday 26th April 2021
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Tuesday 26th October 2021
Estimated Final Signatures: 42,072

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Recent Documents related to Stricter laws governing the purchase/acquisition/possession of crossbows

1. Stricter laws governing the purchase/acquisition/possession of crossbows
20/04/2021 - Petitions

Found: Legislate to ensure that safeguards are put in place to reduce the likelihood of these lethal weapons

2. Policy paper: Offensive Weapons Bill 2018: overarching documents
16/05/2019 - Home Office
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3. Firearms safety
24/11/2020 - Home Office
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Found: Firearms safety Government consultation This consultation begins on 24 November 2020

4. guide on Firearms Licensing Law
30/09/2019 - Home Office
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Found: ..............................63. Prohibited weapons and ammunition ..............................

5. Firearms licensing law 2016
15/12/2020 - Home Office
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Found: ..............................63. Prohibited weapons and ammunition ..............................

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Recent Speeches related to Stricter laws governing the purchase/acquisition/possession of crossbows

1. Offensive Weapons Bill (Eighth sitting)
06/09/2018 - Public Bill Committees

1: inches or flick knives, gravity knives or any other weapons prohibited under section 141 of the Criminal Justice - Speech Link
2: adaptation for the purpose of making a blade even more lethal, that would be a “particular purpose”, but it certainly - Speech Link
3: include museums under the clauses outlawing possession of weapons that are so offensive that Parliament has - Speech Link

2. Offensive Weapons Bill
28/11/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: age restrictions surrounding the possession and use of air weapons are sufficient.”—(Karin Smyth.) - Speech Link
2: without a check by the police.New clause 4—Possession of component parts of ammunition with intent - Speech Link

3. Offensive Weapons Bill
27/06/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: recorded knife and gun crime. We have also seen a rise in acid attacks. Sadly, there was a vivid example - Speech Link
2: like me, thinks that the Bill is excellent. I can give him that assurance. As I talk a bit more about the - Speech Link
3: Secretary referred at the beginning of his remarks took place in the Collier Row part of my constituency. My right - Speech Link

4. Offensive Weapons Bill
06/02/2019 - Grand Committee

1: we have started a little late for the obvious reason that people cannot be in two places at once. I - Speech Link
2: is vague.Clause 28 relates to offences in public places and Clause 29 to offences on further education - Speech Link
3: provides for an aggravated possession offence where the person in possession of the weapon threatens another - Speech Link

5. Antique Firearms Regulations 2020
06/01/2021 - Grand Committee

1: abuse by criminals and terrorists. The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 banned certain rapid-firing rifles and - Speech Link

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My partner Shane Gilmer, was unlawfully killed on 13 January 2018 after being shot by a crossbow on the night of the 12th. I was also seriously injured by a crossbow bolt in the attack.

Crossbows are silent, lethal, weapons. They have a similar effective range to a shotgun but offer the accuracy of a rifle. They are inexpensive and incredibly easy to obtain and there is currently very little regulation in terms of their purchase and use.

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Government Response

Thursday 20th May 2021

Crossbows are subject to statutory controls. Legislation is already in place to deal with those who use crossbows as a weapon. The Government has no plans to legislate further at this time.

We were deeply saddened to hear about the abhorrent circumstances in which Mr Gilmer was killed and Ms Sugden was injured, and we recognise the devastating impact that crimes such as this have on the victims, their friends and family and the wider communities in which they live. Our thoughts are with Ms Sugden and the family and friends of Mr Gilmer at this incredibly difficult time.

Crossbows are subject to statutory controls in the Crossbows Act 1987. This Act makes it an offence to sell or hire a crossbow, with a draw weight of 1.4 kilograms or greater to anyone under the age of 18 and prohibits anyone aged under 18 from buying or hiring a crossbow. It is also an offence for anyone under the age of 18 to possess a crossbow which can discharge a missile or parts of a crossbow which together (and without any other parts) can be assembled to form a crossbow capable of discharging a missile, unless they are under the supervision of a person who is aged 21 or older.

Crossbows may also be considered as offensive weapons. The Prevention of Crime Act 1953 prohibits the possession, in a public place, of any offensive weapon without lawful authority or reasonable excuse. Additionally, under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 it is also an offence to be in possession of crossbow bolts in a public place without good reason or lawful authority.

If a crossbow is misused to harm a person this is a very serious offence that could amount to actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm or murder under existing criminal legislation. These offences attract severe penalties including life imprisonment in the case of murder.

Whilst it is shocking and tragic when incidents occur where crossbows have been misused, these incidents are fortunately very rare. The vast majority of those using crossbows do so safely and responsibly. At the present time, we believe the laws around crossbows strike the correct balance between protecting the public and also allowing people to own and use crossbows for legitimate activities. In light of this, we have no current plans to introduce further legislation relating to crossbows.

Home Office

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