Crossbow Laws UK

Do You Know The UK Crossbow Law?

First of all, as a prepper it is important to have a variety of good hunting tools at your disposal.

One of the very best and most stealthy is the crossbow - a silent, accurate and deadly hunting weapon that is well worth considering as a 'must have' bit of survival kit.

However, as preppers, we have a duty to ensure we all act within the laws of the United Kingdom [as they stand now], and make sure your safety and the safety of others is never ever compromised.

Failing to comply to the Crossbow Laws in the UK will result in serious consequences - namely, imprisonment if you're stupid enough to think you can go outside of these laws.

What Does The UK Crossbow Law Say?
Crossbow Act 1987
Chapter 32

An Act to create offences relating to the sale and letting on hire of crossbows to, and the purchase, hiring and possession of crossbows by, persons under the age of seventeen; and for connected purposes.

[15th May 1987]

1; Sale and letting on hire.

A person who sells or lets on hire a crossbow or a part of a crossbow to a person under the age of eighteen is guilty of an offence, unless he believes him to be seventeen years of age or older and has reasonable ground for the belief.

2; Purchase and hiring.

A person under the age of eighteen who buys or hires a crossbow or a part of a crossbow is guilty of an offence.

3; Possession.

A person under the age of eighteen who has with him—

(a) a crossbow which is capable of discharging a missile, or

(b) parts of a crossbow which together (and without any other parts) can be assembled to form a crossbow capable of discharging a missile, is guilty of an offence, unless he is under the supervision of a person who is twenty-one years of age or older.

4; Powers of search and seizure etc.

(1) If a constable suspects with reasonable cause that a person is committing or has committed an offence under section 3, the constable may—

(a) search that person for a crossbow or part of a crossbow;

(b) search any vehicle, or anything in or on a vehicle, in or on which the constable suspects with reasonable cause there is a crossbow, or part of a crossbow, connected with the offence.

(2) A constable may detain a person or vehicle for the purpose of a search under subsection (1).

(3) A constable may seize and retain for the purpose of proceedings for an offence under this Act anything discovered by him in the course of a search under subsection (1) which appears to him to be a crossbow or part of a crossbow.

(4) For the purpose of exercising the powers conferred by this section a constable may enter any land other than a dwelling-house.

5; Exception.

This Act does not apply to crossbows with a draw weight of less than 1.4 kilograms.

So, in a nutshell, the above official government laws mean...... 

Section 1 - (The Sale): It is considered an offence for any person to sell or let on hire a crossbow or part/parts of a crossbow to a person under the age of 18.

Section 2 - (The Purchase): It is considered an offence for any person under the age of 18 to purchase a crossbow, or hire a crossbow or part/parts of a crossbow.

Section 3 - (The Possession): It is considered an offence for any person under the age of 18 to have on his/her person, a crossbow which is capable of firing and discharging a missile, or to have parts of a crossbow which together can be assembled to form a crossbow which is capable of firing and discharging a missile.

Please Remember This -

Hunting, in general, is illegal in the UK, however, any hunting can only be undertaken on private land with the landowners permission, and certain animals and birds can be hunted.

e.g. to hunt deer your require a very special hunting license. However, vermin like rats require no special license, just the landowners permission.

Using a crossbow (or any bow weapon) for hunting is completely illegal here in the UK.

The crossbow itself cannot be carried in public and a common sense approach should be adopted when transporting a crossbow.

However, It is not illegal to own a crossbow.

A note on the broadhead bolt:

Broadheads are not illegal to own or use in the UK, you just cannot bow hunt with them.
Although they are legal to own and use, it is highly discouraged, due to the risks involved in doing so, especially around wildlife and other people.
Broadheads should only be used in a safe, controlled environment, with strict safety measures in place.
Although legal, they are usually not permitted on public ranges  and 3D course, because, in addition to the safety issues, they can cause too much damage to targets.

Finally - a crossbow is a powerful, lethal weapon and, as such, should be treated with a planned, common sense approach.

It should be given the respect it deserves as a lethal weapon - always use safe practices at all times and ensure you have ample space beyond your target.

Steve Hart - UK Preppers Guide
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    • Logan Cummins on December 2, 2019 at 3:05 pm
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    I find it interesting how that most of the U.K.’s Firearm and Bow laws were generally created either during the height of ‘The English Empire’ or, at least, at the fading twilight of it…and almost ALL gun laws in the U.K. actually are based in ‘taxation’, not ‘intentional disarmament’ (the old ‘we want money, but we’re doing it for your safety’ argument)…yet, now in this Orwellian distopian future-arrived, we now have threats from all facets, hidden foes, embedded assassins, and no one seems to want to revisit ‘old laws’ for ‘new considerations’.
    Reviewed in another light, I truly see the U.K. as an ‘old nation’ that should know better…yet were I a hostile neighbor (like once encountered from 1939-1945), I would see the U.K. in one SINGLE LIGHT: Look to the west, and gaze upon a nation of 90-million unarmed sheep and a military that is but a shade of what it once was…a sheep calling out, ‘someone…invade me and lead me anew’.
    Alas, those who forget history are CONDEMNED to repeat it…and while they look different than they once were, there are great and mighty Axis Powers forming to the East, that no one is paying attention to, at all…YET.

      • Joe pub on April 27, 2020 at 7:20 pm
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      You are correct no one is paying attention NWO that is going on. the experts say this covid19 hasent been confirmed there should be 6 tests to confirm, none of these have been done so you get the same results from the common cold but still stay in while we rush this new law through .
      Eventually there will be a revolution people can only put up with so much .
      I got council probs the police are in bed eith the council ive just been turned over by the police and they found a tazer thats what they call it. It doesent meet the description of tazer its a cheep one off ebay ive got it for my alpacas onr is agressive to got legit reason it only puts out 3k volts ware as the puka item puts out 150 to 200k which incopacitates your mussels. Doesent the magna carta section 61 say you have a right to bare armes and protect your property with reasonable force up to the point of death , and didnt the queen celebrate 800 years of the magnacarta and it does still stand .
      When the council took me to court i wanted the magistrates arrested they threw me out and i ended up in crown court ware i put the judge under his oath of office i said i stand under common law and the magna carta he asked which section, 61 i told him what it was and he didnt rebut it so its been accepted in a court of law so i can see how this country is going they started to disarm everyone in 1992 by banning hand guns so they have a plan its called NEW WORLD ORDER

        • Elf on February 19, 2022 at 9:25 pm
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        I just like to shoot shit but I do like the back and forth ur all haven

      • Panda on January 6, 2021 at 12:08 am
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      All parts of section 61 were only relevant to the 25 Barons. There is no legal precedence for the use of Magna Carta as a legal document in these modern times. It is pure nonsense.
      Simply if you obey the law, you won’t end up in court. If you try and get round the law, you will. Quite rightly so.
      Almost certainly the council is not ‘in bed’ with anyone and again in modern times, councillors and officers simply do not get involved in taking bribes. The same with the police. They are all too well moderated now.

      The Americans, until very recently, only had the ‘right to bear arms as part of an organised militia’. The original document was again misquoted for convenience. However, now the law has officially been changed and they now, foolishly and unfortunately, do have the right to bear arms.

      Some guns are still legal to own and use in the UK. Fortunately the banning of private ownership of some firearms in the UK was to prevent further massacres, as some individuals had carried out. No one needs a semi or fully automatic gun, for goodnes sake! Unless you are a farmer or similar, there is no earthly reason for you to own a firearm anyway. There is simply no conspiracy, it’s for public safety.

      I f no one owned a gun, no one would die of gun related crimes. I believe it should be ten years straight imprisonment for being in public with an illegal knife and 25 years for being in public with an illegal firearm. We are too soft on criminals in this country.

        • theob on March 9, 2021 at 3:39 am
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        Shortsighted claptrap. Naive in the extreme. You can’t stop bad guys owning whatever weapons they choose. And there certainly are conspiracies – the most obvious and publicly accepted ones being the paedophile/human trafficking organisations brought to light with the discovery of the activities of Savile and Jeffrey Epstein and others. Most other conspiracies are not quite so in-your-face, but you still have to be blind not to see them. It takes both character and humility to overcome cognitive dissonance.

        • Martin on March 19, 2021 at 5:33 am
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        Everything you said about the 2nd Amendment was wrong and false. It’s always been understood to be an individual right under the bill of rights. Switzerland and Czech Republic they have firearms and a lower murder rate than your UK.

      • pascal on January 21, 2021 at 11:46 pm
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      U.K is a police state, the public are made to fear the state and everything we do is watched. Its just getting worse. I remember a time all school kids has GAT guns and sheath knives and i never heared of kids stabbing kids.
      Banning handguns didnt stop crime.
      we are not allowed to pursue outdoor sports without worrying about what we do is legal or not.

    • Lisa Vanzan on November 29, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    get these desgraceful thing illegal no need for them atall only reason is shoot someone or something either way no need for them in any way shape or form

      • Benjo on April 20, 2020 at 2:32 am
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      hahahahaha imagine being scared of crossbows being legal. I bet you think nerf guns can break a window too!

      • Concerned Citizen on May 12, 2020 at 11:52 am
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      Really Liza Vanzan? Have you thought your view through?

      Why don’t you instead campaign to disarm all government employees and all potential enemies? Why should ordinary people in the UK be prevented from owning the means to defend themselves, their families and their fellows?

        • Stan on August 13, 2021 at 4:16 pm
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        You don’t need a gun or a bow to defend yourself. The next thing you will trying to get us to accept is that you need a nuclear missile to defend yourself.

      • Malcolm Samuel on September 28, 2020 at 4:57 pm
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      I hear you, although you don’t put up any reason for doing so.

      Some people should not have these things. But I fear that one day in the future, the UK will be sorry that it disarmed its legal gun owners.

      I do think that the crossbow and longbow should at least be automatically registered with the Police forces. But unless there is serious concern over the selling of these items to a particular individual, it should not be a Police matter.

  1. I suppose I’ll never understand many European laws. Yes, it’s true you should always be careful how and when you handle your guns, bows etc. The fact that people are not allowed to buy a gun for self protection is so alien to me. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m a fan of the tennessee way of SSS, (shoot, shovel and shut up) but when you live in a rural area, the sheriff is 45 minutes away and someone breaks into my house and I can get my gun faster than that I can get away; well, I know exactly what’s going to happen then. I’ll follow the advice a deputy sheriff once gave me. “Get your six shot revolver out, empty it on the burglar and tell the judge you were in fear for your life. And say you didn’t think 5 bullets would do the job and you thought 7 was overkill”
    I guess you’re all happy I live here and not in the UK. Lol

      • Laurie on October 21, 2019 at 10:47 am
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      My kind of woman!

      Actually I wish I lived there. We have the same kind of crime you have there just on a generally smaller scale because of our size of population. There is often only one or two police units to cover hundreds of square miles.
      But I am not allowed a firearm and if I used my crossbow (or any other item I use to cause injury) I will be arrested, it will be confiscated and I can guarantee you I will be tried before a jury and painted as a public danger! Guilt will be at the juries whim!
      It has got to the point where regulation here is crushing us! Our political class exercise power for their benefit not ours. The corruption is like a third world bannana republic!
      The disdain for ordinary people is shown in the Brexit debacle!
      Be safe, stay locked and loaded!

    1. I agree with you.

      England is great and all, with our NHS and crumpets, but when it comes to self-defence, we’re pretty f*cked.

      If the American healthcare system ever gets its sh*t together, then I’m moving.

      • Jim on May 11, 2020 at 1:07 pm
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      The hypocrisy of the US following the word of the lord and not having a problem killing someone (granted in self defence) is disturbing. The Right to Bear Arms is the old law that needs revision. The reason the media and gov in US allow it is because the further hypocrisy of manufacture and sale to the Arabs would render policing gun control laughable. Prep in peace and to help, this isn’t the walking dead. If someone is hell bent on killing you, you ain’t gonna stop it. How you gonna stop someone firebombing you. You gonna shoot the fire dead? Bon chance mon amie.

        • Rob on June 26, 2020 at 7:36 pm
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        It isn’t firebombs that crossbows and guns protect against, that’s like criticizing people for buying soap because it can’t clean rust off an engine… Plenty of people are hell bent on killing soldiers, and the soldiers don’t just give up or lose every time; people can also be hell bent on surviving! Right now in the US there’s a neo-Marxist inspired uprising thanks to systemic infiltration by leftists. They generate falsehoods whenever they interpret anything, especially statistics, by viewing everything almost soley through the lens of race, and despite all apparent complexity and nuance everything becomes subordinate to the race lens in practice. The real target of all of this is nations and their people’s minds, it’s designed to weaken nations so that they can be taken over without traditional warfare. If the American people were not armed the far leftist Democrats would turn the US into a pseudo-Communist mess. During turbulent times crime goes up and the police have their hands full if they haven’t been withdrawn or de-funded as they’re demanding all around the Capitalist world right now. The same thing happened in the 1960s, but at least then there was some truth to the civil rights movement even though it was largely a proxy-war between the US and the Soviets. This time it’s entirely a fabrication and the war is with China (has been for decades, it’s how Communist regimes work! Better to be able to deter a burglar and escort him off the premises than have to fight or cower! Better to be an armed community and experience *zero* violence or bad behaviour from the neo-Marxists when they come to “protest”. All citizens should have the right to arms and the state should actually go after and punish the criminals instead of waiting until innocent civilians get hurt before punishing the victim.

        Long live democracy! Long live Taiwan! Long live all peoples and may the world one day be free of Marx’s ridiculously flawed pseudo-intellectual nonsense, he should have got himself a job!

      • Malcolm Samuel on September 28, 2020 at 5:03 pm
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      We don’t quite have that situation in Europe yet. But the general idea is to stop dangerous people getting hold of weapons in the first place.

      Likewise to protect wildlife and people together.
      Of course as Europeans we are unable to defend ourselves if we are attacked or shot at, but that’s why we have Policemen.

    • Andy in Birmingham on October 8, 2018 at 9:06 pm
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    If anyone is interested in properly learning how to shoot a crossbow, learning about crossbow safety, laws, etc, and they want to shoot and develop thier skills in a safe environment, I recommend they join an affiliated Archery club with a crossbow section, or even a dedicated crossbow club (although these are not very common).

    If shooting 3D foam animal targets out of doors in the woods is your thing, then clubs registered with the National Field Archery Society (NFAS) are worth checking out. Most now have crossbow shooting members and crossbow competions. To see if there is a crossbow friendly club near to where you live check out the NFAS.

    Shoot safe, stay safe, and have fun!

    • Thursday Morning Wake Up Call on August 30, 2018 at 3:38 pm
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    We had a visit from the local constabulary at 8:30am this morning. 2 plastic police who told us that a ‘close neighbour ‘ (it narrows it down to 2 people) with complaints that we are firing crossbows in the garden (OUR GARDEN).
    We have a professional foam layered crate as a target and the bolts that were left in from yesterday evenings shooting were looking pretty good in terms of grouping. They couldn’t do anything and we are not doing anything wrong and agreed but said as it’s school holidays can we just be aware that children may be about ( which we are). They tried saying this is a ‘warning’ but for the second time in the last few weeks since we bought the crossbows tweedle dum and tweedle Dee have been to have a word cos of complaints from whoever.
    On our own property and as a hobby and very useful piece of protection should shit hit the fan, I will keep on using my crossbow whenever I feel like it. And we told them that but said we would obviously be careful.

    • Martin on June 28, 2018 at 9:56 am
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    Is it illegal to modify a crossbow to make it more powerful if it is still under the legal limit after modification???

    • Paul K on April 17, 2018 at 5:04 am
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    I’ve just purchased a Hickory Creek Mini In-line (take down) CB and want to take it up to Wales this summer. With regard to “carrying” it in public: Can I hook the two pieces onto the back of my backpack or would it need to be concealed in a case? What is considered carrying it in public? Common sense tells me that anywhere that’s not private land is public so unless I have access to said land, the only place I’ll be able to use it will be the range.

      • Anon on July 1, 2018 at 5:42 pm
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      While i cannot tell you about crossbows, it may be worthwhile using knife laws as a starting point and let common sense take over from there.
      Apart from the permitted pocket knives, you may not carry a knife in public unless it is being carried to take to a specific location for professional, educational, religious or for another “good reason” (which is dependent on what individual law enforcers decide is classed as a good reason.)
      you may transport any type of knife that is legal to possess, but it must be packaged in a way that it is not readily available.
      For instance, i used to walk to work and wanted to take a 3″ fixed knife to work to get sharpened. I emailed the local police and asked if that would be classed as “good reason”
      Their response was that it isn’t good reason to them, and that i would have to transport it in a bag, in the boot of a car.

      Now, this is the case for a 3″ knife. You are asking about, what is effectively, a sniper weapon. Common sense tells me that you would neither be able to carry it in two pieces on a clip, not in a case, unless it is between storage and your car or your car and your destination.
      it would also need to be in the boot, in it’s case.

      As for where you can use it…
      I think that saying that “anywhere that’s not private land is public” doesn’t quite describe it right. I think a more accurate way to look at it is “anywhere that’s not public is private”
      With this in mind, I would think it’s safe to say, don’t have it anywhere that you can easily get to it while in public areas. But anywhere else, you will NEED the landowner’s permission. And to really cover your a**, get it in writing. Make sure this written evidence has the location, date, your name, your intentions (including choice of ammo/tips/target), the landowner’s name and get them to sign & date it in blue ink. Please also note that signposts that say public footpath do not mean public land.

      You have a lethal weapon there. You seem to be asking what is the minimum you need to do. I think you aught to take every precaution you can to ensure you stay within the limits of the law. Really go overboard; hold the limbs in one case and the body in another, wrap it in rope in such a fashion that you would have to completely unwrap it before use. Basically make it clear, if you do get searched for whatever reason, that you cannot use it in the spur of the moment and that it will require an amount of time to fetch it and prepare it.

      If in doubt, get in contact with the local police that cover the area in Wales that you are traveling to for advice. Tell them what you intend to do with it and see what they recommend.

      • Chris on January 6, 2019 at 12:56 am
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      If people can see it, you are breaking a law. You may transport a crossbow to where you are taking it if you conseal it. Even if it’s in a Tesco bag disassembled (other supermarkets are available). You should not stop off at the pub on the way and you should take all reasonable precautions not to let it fall into the wrong hands so no getting it out in McDonald’s on the way or falling asleep on the train leaving it on the seat next to you (other fast food restaurants are available).

      Finally, do not tell the public you are transporting it. There’s nothing worse than word getting around and having some damn snowflake making a fuss.

      Kind Regards
      The Pirate.

    • Coopey on April 11, 2018 at 4:22 pm
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    I have one and remember that these are just rules or legislation. Not laws. They need your consent to enforce legislation.
    The actual LAW on crossbows may be different to the legislation.

      • Knows Better on May 11, 2018 at 8:22 pm
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      Need your consent to enforce legislation. What utter bollocks.

        • Dr. Harding on May 24, 2018 at 10:00 pm
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        Not quite.
        Much of UK Policing is actually by ‘consent’.
        When an Officer of the Royal Warrant (such as a Police Officer carrying a ‘warrant card’) asks if you ‘Understand’ a charge, he or she is not asking if you ‘comprehend’ what is being said, but asking you to agree to ‘under stand’ (that is to ‘stand under’ the authority) of the Officer and enter into a contract with him under Admarity Law. That is indeed consent in all but name.
        For all intents and purposes if you say ‘yes’ when a Police Officer presents you with a piece of legislation or a charge, then you have given your ‘consent’ to standing under his authority and having a 3rd party (usually a Court) hear the contractual dispute.
        If you do not give consent they will subject you to all sorts of verbal garbage to get you to submit and either say you understand or sign a statement of some kind, both of which are ‘consentual’ contracts.
        As a free man or ‘freeman’, or ‘soverign individual’ you are not bound, but as a citizen you are ‘subject’ and bound.
        Most Police Officers below the rank of Inspector dont actually know this (but should), but many have been schooled in the field and on camera by individuals who refuse to stand under false rules written on a piece of paper and called ‘legislation’, which you are then told you must follow.
        If someone wrote into legislation that you must hand over your eldest son to the state at age 18 to be used a state approved killer, would you? If you have kids you likely already have given ownership to the state by ‘Registering’ them. Registering means to pass ownership to the Regent or their representatives (Government). In return you are given a nice receipt called a Birth Certificate, but the state then own your child and can tak them into care or conscript them at will. It was all ‘consentual’ as noone forced anyone to do anything regarding Regitration.
        Anyway, getting back to the point. you should never say you ‘Understand’ to a Police Officer, nor sign any ‘statement’ unless you want to enter into a contract.
        Its very, very, complex, and if you get just one word or procedure wrong you will blow it and end up ‘contracted’ and off to a Court hearing, or worse.
        That is just one reason you should remain silent beyond giving your name and get a Lawyer who comprehends these matters (not all do, they just know ‘process’).
        I suggest people look up the Freeman and Freeman on the Land movements for some eye openers.
        People have many more rights and powers than they realise, do you ‘understand’ now?

          • Jean Charles Poitier on June 23, 2018 at 9:15 pm
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          Than you for this she opening information

            • Martin on July 1, 2018 at 8:46 pm

            Don’t listen to the sovereign citizen bollocks. If the police ask you if you understand what is being said, that is precisely what they mean.
            There is no contract to being policed.
            You sign a statement and tgat becomes evidence that can be presented. Yiunrefuse to sign a statement and that may be commented upon as evidence.

          • John smith on June 30, 2018 at 5:40 am
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          All of this is total bollocks. It has been tested time and time again by morons calling themselves freemen or sovereigns in the courts and fails every time. Stop spreading shit that you read on the internet, you’ll get gullible people hurt or arrested.

            • Andy in Birmingham on October 8, 2018 at 8:54 pm

            @John smith,

            Dr. Harding clearly meant well, but he did over simplify things and just added even more confusion.

            Anyone who is a Citizen or a visitor to this country (other than a head of state I do believe) has already given consent. Also, no Citizen can ever be a ‘freeman’, and he did not make that clear.

            Ironically, (as I read it anyway), if you go to a Court to test being a Freeman or a Soverign then you submit to the court and give consent to it, therefore making a mockery of trying to be a ‘freeman’, lol.

            All the best to you.

            • Mr molotov on May 1, 2019 at 5:12 pm

            Its not complete bollox. I was arrested on a civil matter. I told the officer i would peacfully resist as it was a civil matter. They had to carry me to the car. I informed them they were breaking the law and that they had me under false imprisonment and it came under the kidnap laws of England. The took me to the police station. The desk sergeant, asked me if i understand the charges. I told him i refuse to understand and i will not stand under. This was in 1999 . He cackled with laughter. Then politely ripped into the two constables. And quoted the laws they had broken. Told them if i am left out of pocket i would take out a private prosecution. And that i would be making a compliant against them and seeking recompense, for my illegal arrest. The sergeant, let me finnish my self righteous rant. And told them to show me out. And he was fantastic about. He just wouldnt stop laughing. The two coppers. Then looked very worried. As they knew i was correct in everythin i said. It can and does work in certian matters. Especially if they invlove them selves in civil matters.

          • Andy from Birmingham on October 8, 2018 at 8:45 pm
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          Dr. Harding,
          Thank you for attempting to explain consent but the very complex issues you have tried to explain have been simplified too much for such a complex issue. The result is that what you implied as opposed to explained has gone well over the heads of most of the people reading (and certainly commenting on this).

          I recognise what you were trying to explain, but all you should have said was, ‘any person who is a Citizen, or enters the country by all usual means, automatically ‘consents’ to all Laws, etc’.

          Being a Citizen or a visitor IS CONSENT.

          Thats it, you should have just left it there.

          Alluding to exceptions was not well advised. You should have also made it clear that No ‘Citizen’ can be ever be a ‘Soverign’ or even a ‘Freeman’, but you did not make that clear. That is why so many ‘freeman’ who remain citizens, or visitors, fall on thier faces and badly muddy the waters so that nothing is clear at all.

          The ‘Understand’ element is for legislation and corporate contracts (ie speeding tickets by xyzconstabulary registered and trading as ‘xyzauthority’ etc) not criminal Law.

          As I said, I appreciate your input, but you should have made it crystal clear that basically, if you are not a real ‘Soverign’, or a head of state (or a diplomat holding certain cards), consent is already given.

          As for crossbow ‘laws’ in England, they are currently very sensible and very reasonable, and no Citizen or visitor to this country, or freeman, 😉 should have any issue with complying with them at all.

          Thanks for your input Dr. Harding, but although you clearly meant well, you have actually contributed to more confusion.

          All the best to you, and I hope this comment does not offend you, it was not my intention.

          • Michael Fields on February 27, 2019 at 10:52 am
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          a man who know’s his law like this is his own best friend and yours too!, all of what he messaged is true and to the point, it is all about consent thus when a policeman approaches me i keep walking and won’t engage in conversation as the officer will first want to take your details,, name, address, ect,, as soon as you talk to the officer you are contracting and when they say “do you understand” never stand under any law,, well statute or act as it is all about corporate acts and statutes as common law can be used but you have to know what your doing, learn to speak and Overstand Legalise and you will go far if you ever need to conduct yourself as a Freeman but still it depends on the officer as they can be sneaky and if you resist arrest they have another charge on you,, stay within the law and if your doing something that is a black area in the law then research what you can and can’t do,, but this man knows his rights and yours too!

            • Owen on May 1, 2019 at 5:58 pm

            You clearly need to go to the library and read a book on Police powers. There are many instances when the Police do have the power to stop you and take your name and address. The general powers of arrest give them a power to arrest someone who they suspect has committed an offence, who has refused to give their name and address and their identity is not known and cannot then and there be ascertained!

      • Laurie on October 21, 2019 at 11:04 am
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      You are SUBJECT to the autuourity, power and sanction of the Crown. The police hold the Sovereigns warrant to enforce that authority.
      That is why we have no bill of rights, no constituton. The only limits on the government (the queen in parliament, the Queens ministers, etc) are those they place on themselves! Those they can change at leisure.
      You have peasants exercising total Royal power!

      You can object as much as you like. They are happy to let you rant from inside your prison cell!
      Sovereign citizen cap is a fiction and a fraud. Wishful thinking by perpetrated by people who know nothing of law or history!

      Far better to keep your head down. “The nail that sticks up is the first to get hammered!”

        • Ian Deare on November 3, 2020 at 11:06 pm
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        Yup, at least under Scots law, you are obliged to give name, address, and date of birth, if requested by a Police Officer on duty: in uniform, or identifies themselves as such (warrant card) certain criminal circumstances supercede the stipulation to be on duty. In Scotland the indication of on duty was the wearing of headgear with the “police tartan” (chequered band) this seems to have changed, at least in some Police Officers’ perception in recent years. I can assure that my late father was once reprimanded by a senior officer for leaving his cap in the Police car.

        There is one Freeman that I know of, the Duke of Atholl, (I don’t think the honour of a city Freeman is relevent in this point, I may be wrong) there is one Sovereign.

        On the whole, common sense is the best protection, if you look like some cowboy (or Indian) you’re likely to attract unwelcome attention. I carried two very expensive Leathermans in my work as a hospital engineer, going to, and from work they were cased, and in a locked toolbag. Clearly, and most importantly, showing no intent of being used in a hurry.

        The vagaries of the stipulation: with “good reason” are open to some interpretation, specifically by a legally appointed court of Law. The Police sometimes make their own questionable calls, it pays to try, and cover all bases, and show, lawful, legitimate, intent, with all possible precautions taken. Even a simple padlock on the case shows clear intent that should stand scrutiny.

    • Paul on April 3, 2018 at 10:30 pm
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    Ridiculous how far this country has fallen.

    Competing for acceptance that you have no right to life……and defence of that life.

    Let’s ask the acid attack victims if they would prefer their old face over their new face ….IF they didn’t have their right to defend themselves taken away.

    What if gun ownership was allowed in uk would it have happened? If the subjects had learned from the other subjects who jumped this shithole and paddled to the U.S. were eventually they became CITIZENS who were born EQUAL TO KINGS AND QUEENS UNDER LAW!!!

    For God and Queen eh?

    United Kingdom is no longer Great

      • Da vid on May 27, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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      Gun ownership is legal in the UK.

        • PAUL JACOBS on September 23, 2018 at 1:16 am
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        Not for self defence it isn’t !!!!!!

        You have to have a bloody good reason for owning one and self-defence is not considered one of those reasons so why bother saying it is legal in the UK

          • Jamie on December 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm
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          No, you do not need a reason. You have a right to own a firearm although there are restrictions on what firearms you can own (i.e. no barrel of less than 12″). If you apply for a shotgun licence and it is refused without good reason (i.e. conviction for a violent crime) then the police are acting outside their authority and you can appeal. There are restrictions but they are all reasonable (like having a locked cabinet to keep it in and keep the ammo separate) but it is a right.

          You are correct that you are not allowed to own a gun to shoot people but that is reasonable. Only septics are that retarded. If you have a shotgun for shooting pigeons and you shoot a burglar that is self defence but if you buy a gun to kill people that is murder.

            • Ryan McFallon on April 10, 2019 at 1:44 pm

            yeah actual gun owner here. NOBODY in the UK has a RIGHT to own guns. it’s a privilege you must ask for permission for. and you most certainly DO need a good reason (e.g. target practice / vermin control / hunting — btw hunting is NOT illegal as the article suggests .. I hunt regularly there are even clubs for it so how can it be illegal).

            My advice would be for anyone considering owning a gun … don’t make judgements based on internet rubbish. Either go to your local police station and actually ASK them (or rather , ask for contact details for the local firearms department). Or even go read the requirements yourself.


            So many uninformed people spouting their opinions as fact without even owning a gun or even reading the law.

    • Paul on March 20, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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    I have a crossbow by my bed incase I encounter any unwelcome intruders.
    Should I have an interference and use my crossbow to defend myself, am I carrying out an illegal act?

    1. yes you are, that is a WEAPON and if you use that on an intruder you will be the one arrested.
      you are able to use “reasonable force” but that does not include killing someone, just ask Tony Martin.

        • Jamie on December 31, 2018 at 1:19 pm
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        Tony Martin was convicted solely because he shot the man in the back as the man was trying to escape. He was not defending himself, he was the aggressor. If he had shot the man in the chest it would have been completely different although it could be said to be disproportionate if the man was unarmed.

      • ms lj on November 12, 2019 at 5:04 pm
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      You would be arrested if you shot an intruder with a crossbow. But a woman would probably get away with it even if charged, as she cannot use reasonable force if the intruder is a man, and the Law does recognise that men are stronger than women. (See below link.) However, shooting would be a last resort anyway, surely? Merely waving a particularly ugly-looking bolt at an intruder and threatening to shoot if they don’t get out within five minutes, should do the trick – I can’t see many people hanging around to debate the matter, and they don’t know you from Adam, do they? So they won’t take the risk, will they?

    2. So long as you made the intruder aware that you were armed, and you didn’t shoot them as they were leaving, then no, that would be self-defence.

      Anyone correct me if I’m wrong.

    • Alexander Adams on February 27, 2018 at 11:32 pm
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    Is it allowed for my son (at the age of 11) to use MY crossbow for target practice with my strict supervision?

    • peter weston on January 10, 2018 at 6:47 am
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    Thanks for making the rules clear to see and understand.
    A crossbow is a very useful item to own and to able to use. May I suggest a set of an article on them.
    * Building a backstop at home and a home range and use of crossbows at home.
    * Different draws and weights and effects, different changes of designs, alternative strings and prods.
    * Bolts, designs and styles, and heads. homemade designs and home post poop construction ideas.

    • NancyDrew on January 9, 2018 at 3:56 pm
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    Remember Mick… David killed Goliath with a slingshot!!

      • James McConnell on November 8, 2018 at 1:32 am
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      Sorry, but David did not kill Goliath with a slingshot, quite simply because it is a fairy tale myth and so therefore factually non-existent!

    • Jeremy on January 1, 2018 at 7:58 pm
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    Can you target practice with a cross bow legally on your property or are there ranges you can visit?

    • mick on December 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm
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    Hello ,I have recently seen a lot of crossbows for very little money but i spotted one that fires 8mm bb’s ,being as though it’s not shooting an arrow would it be legal to hunt with the same as a slingshot ?

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