Crossbows meant for big game, not crime: archer
Crossbows are meant to be used solely for hunting big game and can be deadly from 100 yards away, according to a veteran archery expert from Scarborough, who explained the weapons don’t always require licences.
“That is strictly for hunting,” a stunned Sana Khan, a 40-year veteran of archery who works at Shooting Academy Canada Ltd., said of the bow, after hearing about Thursday’s triple killing. “It’s too complicated and it’s too slow to load up and shoot again . . . So crossbows are not something somebody can kill three people at a time (with) . . . It’s unbelievable, unless somebody ambushed someone.”
The RCMP doesn’t require a license or registration certificate for crossbows that are longer than half a metre and require the use of both hands, according to its website. Smaller weapons, more easily concealed, require licenses and registration.
Khan said the government got rid of licensing for longer crossbows about five years ago because they believed the weapons weren’t a danger to the public at large.
“It’s not a concealed weapon, it’s not something you hide. It’s even more visible and more awkward than a shotgun or rifle,” he said of the crossbow.
Toronto last saw a fatal incident involving a crossbow in 2010 when a man shot his father at a busy public library. Zhou Fang was sentenced to life in prison in 2012.
With files from Toronto Star staff