New Hampshire Laws on Felons Owning a Bow & Arrows

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  1. The Amatuer

    The Amatuer Die Hard Bowhunter

    Dec 25, 2011
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    Blacksburg, Virginia
    Sorry to over shadow Name thread, but he asked a simple question that got me to inquire about New Hampshire Bow Laws so I thought I would post some of them so you can judge them yourself as I did.

    Frankly they are ridiculous and far as putting my name and address on a arrow. Bite Me!

    As part of this mandate, New Hampshire places stringent rules upon felons in regard to their right to own or possess a bow and arrows, despite their use in hunting and other legal activities under New Hampshire law.

    Discharge Near a Dwelling

    Regardless of right to use, it is unlawful in New Hampshire under RSA 207:3-a to discharge a bow and arrows within 300 feet of a permanently occupied dwelling without the owner's possession.

    Deadly Weapon

    New Hampshire defines a deadly weapon under 625:11 of the New Hampshire Code as a substance or thing which in the manner it is used or intended to be used is known to be capable of producing death or serious bodily injury. This is a catch-all provision that encompasses crossbows along with a bow and arrows.

    Possession by a Felon

    Under 159:3 of the New Hampshire Code, a felon may not have in her possession, or under her control, a deadly weapon. The law applies to felons convicted of crimes against the person or property of another, or a drug offense.


    Possession or ownership of a deadly weapon (such as a bow and arrows) is punishable under New Hampshire law a Class B felony which is punishable under 625:9 by a minimum of 1 year, and up to 7 years incarceration in addition to fines.

    Any takers?

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