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  • #16
    Originally posted by markjam51 View Post
    (b) does not include a public monument.

    Crossbows fall within (ii). How gratifying is (b) - the local statue of Queen Victoria is not a weapon. Probably intended to over old mortars and canons in parks.
    So, in future one shouldn't attack someone with a weapon, so much as run them face first into the local Anzac memorial?
    Maybe that would be Uncommon Assault?
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    • #17
      i have read and reseached many of documents, such as etc;
      Customs Regulations from sydney, and through the tasmanian police protocoles
      . will send links if u would like but not tonight bit late lol

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      • #18
        Only shoot at a archery club ,it is the saffest place to shoot a bow !!

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Xman View Post
          The key point is the weapon part. It only becomes a weapon rather than sporting equipment when you have the intent to use it as a weapon. A garden rake becomes a weapon the moment you decide you want to use it as one. Until then (in NZ at least), a bow is not a weapon in the legal sense. A firearm is basically the only thing that is always a weapon, from a legal standpoint.
          I remember reading something about if someone feels threatened by what you are doing it can then be classed as a weapon regardless of your intent. This can be as simple as someone feeling threatened by a rolled up newspaper, the newspaper is now a weapon.

          Regardless, shooting in your backyard in suburbia is a not a good idea.

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          • #20
            Any updates to this?
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            • #21
              I expect that if you're actually in North Carolina then any legal issues regarding archery in public in Australia would be largely irrelevant, unless it's only for your interest.
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              • #22
                South Australian Summary Offences Act

                Section 21A


                Offensive Weapon includes a rifle, gun, pistol, knife, sword, club, bludgeon, truncheon or other offensive or lethal weapon or instrument but does not include a prohibited weapon;


                Section 21C

                (7) A person who, without lawful excuse

                (a) uses an offensive weapon; or

                (b) carries an offensive weapon that is visible,

                in the presence of any person in a school or public place in a manner that would be likely to cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his or her personal safety, is guilty of an offence.

                Maximum penalty: $10 000 or imprisonment for 2 years.




                This legislation is current at the date of this post. It would appear that any type of bow capable of firing a lethal shot could be captured by this legislation as an “offensive weapon”. Determining if using or carrying (practising with) such a bow in a public space is made unlawful by this legislation is dependant upon 21C(7) and if use of the bow for practice can be a “lawful excuse”, but it also depends upon the state of mind of other persons present. Lawful Excuse would generally means that the user of the bow, on the balance of probabilities, had lawful authorityor reasonable excusefor using the bow in that place. A better informed legal mind that mine may shed further light on best interpretation of this legislation, and I would be reluctant to practive in a public space.

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