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Laws and regulations


Crossbows are legal, but as you can read in the bolded sections of the law below, crossbows do fall under Category IV of the Weapons and Ammunition Act (article 2, paragraph 5). This means that persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to have a crossbow on hand (article 26, paragraph 5). Also you are not allowed to carry a crossbow (article 27, paragraph 1), this means that during transport it must be packed in such a way that it cannot be used immediately. It is also not allowed to hunt with a crossbow.

Like you, we are not allowed to transfer crossbows to persons under 18 years of age (Article 31, paragraph 4). Therefore, when you order a crossbow from us, we are forced to verify that you are 18 years of age. We do this by checking your proof of identity. This can be a passport, identity card or driver's license - whatever you prefer. After you place an order for a crossbow with us, you will be asked by email shortly thereafter to email a scan or photo of such proof to us. You may send the scan or photo even if you have not yet received the e-mail in question, as this will avoid delays. It is sufficient if only your name and date of birth are visible on the scan or photo. The other information is not important for the check.

We only use the scan or photo for the age verification. We cannot and will not sell your personal data to third parties. Our employees are required by law to respect the confidentiality of your information.

Weapons and Ammunition Act

Article 2

Category IV

  • 1°. blank weapons with a blade having more than one cutting edge, insofar as they do not fall under category I;
  • 2°. bows, swords, sabers and bayonets;
  • 3°. truncheons
  • 4°. air, gas and spring guns, except for those designated by Our Minister in accordance with category I, under 7°, which are similar to firearms to the extent that they are suitable for threatening or threatening;
  • 5°. crossbows and harpoons;
  • 6°. objects designated by Our Minister's regulation which are suitable to inflict serious physical injury on persons with them;
  • 7°. Objects of which, given their nature or the circumstances in which they are found, it can reasonably be assumed that they are intended to inflict or threaten to inflict injury on persons and which do not fall under any of the other categories.

Weapons and Ammunition Act

Article 26

  • 1. It is prohibited to possess a weapon or ammunition of categories II and III.
  • 2. The first paragraph does not apply to persons who hold:

           a. a permit as referred to in section 28, paragraph 1 of the Act, insofar as this permit extends; or

           b. a hunting licence as referred to in the Flora and Fauna Act, as far as category III weapons and ammunition intended for hunting and management and damage control are concerned, which are described            in the hunting licence.

  • 3. Our Minister may, by regulation, grant exemption from the prohibition set forth in paragraph 1 for firearms or ammunition of category III with respect to hunters and sport shooters who have their permanent residence or abode outside the Netherlands.
  • 4. Our Minister may lay down rules with regard to the persons referred to in the second paragraph with respect to:

           a. medical fitness and skill in handling weapons;

           b. the required knowledge in the field of weapons; and

           c. the maximum number of firearms they are allowed to have on hand.

  • 5. Persons who have not yet reached the age of eighteen years are prohibited from possessing a category IV firearm.
  • 6. Our Minister may grant exemption from the prohibition set forth in the fifth paragraph by regulation in the context of sports practised in an association or recreational activities designated by Our Minister in companies established for this purpose where weapons are carried as referred to in section 2, first paragraph, category IV, point 4° and point 5° with respect to crossbows.

Weapons and Ammunition Act

Article 27

  • 1. It is prohibited to carry a weapon in categories II, III and IV.
  • 2. Paragraph 1 does not apply to persons who:

       a. hold a permit as referred to in section 29, insofar as this permit extends; or

   b. is permitted, pursuant to article 26, paragraph 2, to have firearms intended for hunting, management and damage control purposes, to the extent of the area where they are permitted to    hunt and manage and control damage.   

  • 3. Our Minister may grant exemption from the prohibition set forth in subsection 1 for firearms in categories III and IV by regulation with respect to:

           a. parades; and

           b. student defence associations.

  • 4. Our Minister may, by regulation, grant exemption from the prohibition of subsection 1 for category IV weapons with respect to:

           a. ceremonial weapons; and

           b. recreational activities.

Weapons and Ammunition Act

Article 31

  • 1. It is prohibited to transfer a weapon or ammunition of categories II and III.
  • 2. The first paragraph shall not apply to the transfer to persons who are entitled to have the firearm or ammunition on hand.
  • 3. Without prejudice to the provisions of paragraph 1, it is prohibited to transfer a category III firearm without receiving the permit referred to in article 32.
  • 4. It is prohibited to transfer a category IV firearm to a person who has not yet reached the age of eighteen years.
  • 5. Our Minister may grant exemption from the prohibition set forth in the fourth paragraph for sports practised in an association context.

Handbows

Handbows do not fall under the Weapons and Ammunition Act, which means that they are subject to (much) less strict rules. A person younger than 18 is allowed to have a handbow, but it is doubtful if a handbow is suitable for young people. We are not required to do an age verification when you order a bow from us.

However, in addition to the national weapons law, you must take into account local ordinances. A handgun that you are allowed to carry can be prohibited by local ordinance. Also, handbows may not be used for hunting.

Blowguns

Just like handbows, blowguns are not covered by the Weapons and Ammunition Act. Therefore, a person under 18 years of age may simply possess a blowgun. Nevertheless, blowguns are not toys: the government classifies them as potentially lethal weapons. A needle from a blowgun can penetrate the skin to a depth of several centimeters.

A blowgun should not be used to hunt, including vermin such as rats or mice. Also, always keep in mind local ordinances: as a result, a blowgun may be prohibited despite not being considered a weapon.