Re: Auto cocking crossbows legal?
Well. This issue was discussed a bit when the bow was introduced. I will tell you what I know then you decide which way to lean.
I contacted the PGC several times about this bow. Spoke with a commissioner who also went to head of LE for the PGC. The "official" word is they are not legal becuase of a regulation stating devices using compressed air are not legal.
The flip side is the lawyers for the manufacturer(Parker) are convinced that the language in the regulations pertains to the compressed air being used for propulsion of a projectile which the Concorde does not do. Once cocked it is a conventional bow. Parker told me they researched the PA regs before the bow was introduced and insist it is legal under the current regulations. I agree. When I looked closely at the regs, the wording seemed to suggest air cyclinders used for propulsion of projectiles.
Pretty muddy, eh? I talked to a commissioner that this should be addressed if this technology grows as this design would be great for those with severe handicaps.
Anway, the good news is I have not heard of any issues with this bow being used in Pa but I am not sure actually how many are out there and if a WCO has checked anybody using one.
I support all hunters, regardless of weapon or technique!