There are a number of laws that would cover incidents of misuse of a crossbow, either as a bow or simply as a blunt instrument. The following points concern things specifically to do with the ownership and limitations of use of crossbows. Please note that for a precise interpretation you should refer to the appropriate acts. The basic document is The Crossbow Act 1987. However, there other pieces of legislation that have effects – particularly for Scotland. What follows should be taken as a layman’s interpretation. We have not included any information as to penalties that may be incurred for infringements of the law.