What does the law really say?

Discussion in 'Crossbow Forum' started by AmericanPatriot2001, Dec 29, 2020.

  1. AmericanPatriot2001

    AmericanPatriot2001 Fawn

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    I am curious, being new to Kentucky, as to what the laws and/or regulations are for transporting crossbows.

    1. Can I legally transport a crossbow in the front seat, rear passenger bench, rear hatch of my suv?

    2. Besides being a safety issue, is there any law that prevents me from transporting a loaded crossbow(broadhead or target) in my vehicle? What, if any, law is this a violation of?

    3. If I am on a military installation, is transporting a loaded or unloaded crossbow a violation of any law or regulation? I am looking for specific citation of regulations for reference.

    I've done research and so far have found nothing on post or off post that prevents me from transporting a loaded/unloaded crossbow. I've referenced local law, Fort Knox Regulations 190-11, 200-3 and Ft Knox Reg 190-5.

    I'm not looking for criticism unless it's constructive(haha), I have very thick skin(Active MP for 14 years, Recruiter for 5). I just need to know my left and right limits. Thanks family!

    SFC Cody Ledbetter
    US ARMY 2001-Retirement(2023?)
     
  2. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    Silly question I'm sure, but why travel with a loaded crossgun? Why not uncock it or discharge it?
     
  3. AmericanPatriot2001

    AmericanPatriot2001 Fawn

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    I agree completely, but let's just say my memory is not the greatest and sometimes I forget to bring my decocking bolt and/or target bolt with my bullseye target I shoot into.

    I got the safety aspect of it, but im looking more for legality reasons.
     
  4. bird whisperer

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    To the best of my recollection from all the classes I have attended and regs I have reviewed the only hunting equipment it is agents KY wildlife regs to place in a vehicle while loaded if a muzzleloader. All that has to be done to make the muzzleloader legal to place it in the vehicle is to remove the cap or flash powder. Have never found anything in hunting regs that restricts the transport of a cocked crossbow. Now the spotlighting laws are more spelled out on casting light into a field but I would say if your vehicle was off the road and in park and had been long enough for the law to show I would say you have a good chance of beating it.
     
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  5. AmericanPatriot2001

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    Thanks for the insight!
     
  6. Gforcetrivers

    Gforcetrivers 12 pointer

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    Why travel with a loaded gun?
     
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  7. AmericanPatriot2001

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    To be honest, I didnt bring my target bolt and target I usually bring with me when I crossbow hunt. I got the safety aspect of it might be questionable, perhaps stupidity on my behalf, but is it against the law?

    Also im not going to shoot a rage broadhead into the ground just to discharge the crossbow.
     
  8. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    I'd say, you shouldn't own a crossbow if you are that careless.
     
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  9. AmericanPatriot2001

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    Well I appreciate that. Im super new to the crossbow world and because I lost 50% vision in my right eye due to a long term combat injury, I have to use a scope due to my limited peripheral vision. We learn from our mistakes right?

    Carelessness is an chargeable offense per Kentucky Revised Statute? Always gotta be one...
     
  10. 1wildcatfan

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    Have a case? We keep a discharge bolt in ours. No need for a target.
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  11. AmericanPatriot2001

    AmericanPatriot2001 Fawn

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    I dont have a case but thats on the list when they go on sale.
     
  12. Tom Threetoes

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    I keep an old aluminum bolt with a field point in my truck, when the hunt's over I just shoot it in the dirt.
     
  13. rcb216

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    What I do. I have one designated for the dirt. When I’m at the house I shoot it into my target bag. If I’m at cabin i shoot into the dirt.
     
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  14. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    I got a discharge target which is the best 14.99 I’ve ever spent because you can shoot it out plus take a few practice/sight in shots. A discharge bolt would be a nice backup but I’ve never purchased one. Should I forget my target, I’ll take my roughest looking bolt, put a practice head on it, and shoot a hillside. I’ve been guilty of leaving it cocked in the case until I get home but never a bolt on it because that’s just madness. I still haven’t shot out my ML this year but I also don’t go around with a primer in it.
     
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  15. AmericanPatriot2001

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    Thats a pretty good idea.
     

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