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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 787        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 713


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Anne M. Gobi


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the use of crossbows in hunting.






Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Donald Humason


Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 787        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 713

By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 713) of Anne M. Gobi and others relative to the use of crossbows in hunting.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 3942 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to the use of crossbows in hunting.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Section 64 of Chapter 131 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking, in the title, the word "bows."

              SECTION 2. Said section 64 is hereby further amended by striking the words "or any crossbow."

              SECTION 3. Section 69 of Chapter 131 is hereby amended by deleting it in its entirety and replacing it with the following:-

              Chapter 131, Section 69. A person shall not carry or use a bow and arrow or crossbow while hunting unless said bow and arrow or crossbow meet such requirements as may be set by rules and regulations which the director is hereby authorized to promulgate. Such rules and regulations shall prescribe general design, weight of pull, and type of bows and arrows or crossbows, and shall conform to standards generally accepted for hunting purposes.

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