Aye, it boils my wee when politicians take the easy (and often emotive/pandering) approach. You can never fully remove risk, you can try and limit it which makes sense but we have to accept that **** can and does happen. The example I use when discussing this is the plane crash in the Swiss mountains a few years back.It matters not the things they ban are not hard to make, I think there scared and don't know what to do, so they just ban things thinking it has resolved a problem.
I get where you're coming from, the problem is that it spills over to other parts of our life too. I'm not going to get too political but I would guess most of us have experienced or are aware of things that have become politicised to pander to us plebs. In the example I used earlier about kids being allowed drive before being able to choose whether to smoke, the stats (I know, I know) suggest that young male drivers are more likely to be involved in fatal driving accidents yet there doesn't appear to be any measures to deal with this, it would certainly be more unpopular with the masses than banning (or having to register) crossbows. It would most likely save more lives though.Sorry guys (and gals) but I agree with licensing cars, licensing shotguns, licensing firearms, and I agree with licensing any projectile weapon that has the energy to kill at the range most easily accessible cross bows can.
OK, there are many low energy projectile weapons that could kill (an air rifle or a catapult even) but the probability is low; the cross bows that are easily available without license are potentially deadly. I am happy to jump through the hoops I do to maintain my FAC. If anyone is genuinely interested in using these tools they should not be too bothered about a few formalities to do so.
And please, let's not start a 'cross Atlantic' discussion on firearms - I am very happy, as a gun user, with the laws in the UK.
Most National Field Archery Society clubs in the UK support crossbow shooting as a competitive class. I can’t say it particularly interests me as an archer, but I suppose I might shoot one if I had a shoulder injury which precluded shooting bows any more.In my experience, licensing works well. If you are a sane, law abiding citizen, you do not have any problems getting a permit for an item you have a need for.
Are there crossbow shooting clubs in UK?
The UK Olympic pistol shooters went to Switzerland to practice - no exemptions even for Olympians !!!.Handguns have been banned in UK since just after the tragic Dunblane masshooting.
Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Cayman Islands and other 'associate' parts of UK do not have a handgun ban, but a permit system.
UK handgun competitive shooters are virtually extinct, some practice and train outside in France or Channel Islands.
(I am not 100% which Channel Islands and other British areas allow handguns)