Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell, Public Information Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 29, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is advising hunters that a bill removing the requirement to obtain a pistol permit in order to purchase or transfer ownership of a crossbow has been signed into law.
Previously, state law required anyone buying or otherwise receiving a crossbow in North Carolina to have either a pistol permit from their local sheriff’s office or a concealed handgun permit.
Crossbows are a legal method of hunting in North Carolina, permissible anytime bow-and-arrow hunting is allowed. However, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission does not regulate the sale or purchase of firearms and crossbows.
The Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign recommends these crossbow guidelines:
- Never carry a crossbow cocked and loaded with a bolt (arrow).
- Keep fingers and thumb below the rail at all times.
- When cocking, be sure that your foot is firmly planted in the cocking stirrup.
- Never dry-fire a crossbow, which can cause sudden breakage.
In North Carolina, all first-time hunting license buyers must successfully complete a Hunter Education Course, offered free across the state. Go here for schedule and availability or call (919) 707-0031 for more information.