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Sale of Bows

The following is important UK legislation regarding the Sale of Bows:

Compound Bows - Current Legislation (Offensive Weapons Act 1996)

Purchase of a compound bow

  • No licence or registration is required for the purchase of a compound bow.
  • It is against the law for a person under the age of 16 to purchase a compound bow.

Possession of a compound bow

  • It is legal for a person of any age to possess a compound bow.
  • It is an offense to be in possession of a weapon or an article with blade or point in a public place without a reasonable excuse.

Sale of a compound bow

  • No licence is required to sell or to let on hire a compound bow to a person over the age of 16. 
  • It is against the law to sell or to let on hire a compound bow to a person under the age of 16.

Please note: when purchasing a compound bow from the Crossbow & Archery website, you will be asked to provide evidence of your age. 

Recurve Bows - Current Legislation (Offensive Weapons Act 1996)

Purchase of a recurve bow

  • No licence or registration is required for the purchase of a recurve bow.
  • It is against the law for a person under the age of 16 to purchase a recurve bow.

Possession of a recurve bow

  • It is legal for a person of any age to possess a recurve bow.
  • It is an offense to be in possession of a weapon or an article with blade or point in a public place without a reasonable excuse.

Sale of a recurve bow

  • No licence is required to sell or to let on hire a recurve bow to a person over the age of 16. 
  • It is against the law to sell or to let on hire a recurve bow to a person under the age of 16.

Please note: when purchasing a recurve bow from the Crossbow & Archery website, you will be asked to provide evidence of your age. 

Crossbows - Current Legislation (Crossbows Act 1987)

Purchase of a recurve bow

  • No licence or registration is required for the purchase of a crossbow.
  • It is against the law for a person under the age of 18 to purchase a crossbow.

Possession of a recurve bow

  • Possession is also prohibited by those under 18 unless supervised by a person aged 21 years old or over.
  • It is an offense to be in possession of a weapon or an article with blade or point in a public place without a reasonable excuse.

Sale of a recurve bow

  • No licence is required to sell or to let on hire a recurve bow to a person over the age of 18. 
  • It is against the law to sell or to let on hire a recurve bow to a person under the age of 18.

Please note: when purchasing a recurve bow from the Crossbow & Archery website, you will be asked to provide evidence of your age.