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Wisconsin Representative Gary Tauchen, (R-6) is in the process of writing a crossbow bill which may effect crossbow use in Wisconsin. In one draft of the bill, the "Greater or Lesser Weapon" concept was presented. If
this remains in the bill it would statutorily create a new classification for crossbows as something greater than compound bows, but less than firearms. Crossbows are not more effective than compound bows and they certainly are not guns. We believe that this is nothing more than a ploy, by those against crossbows in the archery season, to place them in a different season ...in other words the gun season. Crossbows are archery equipment both in Federal and State law, and are taxed for the purpose of funding the Pittman-Robertson Act which supports conservation efforts through the DNR. So, crossbows are archery equipment and belong in the archery season.
There is a bit of a conflict here. We support increased opportunity for crossbow use; allowing crossbows in the gun season would be increased opportunity. We are not ungrateful for the thought. We don't want to extinguish good intent or good will by some, but there are other reasons why we think placing crossbows in the gun season would be less than ideal. For example, the Wisconsin Crossbow Federation represents many handicapped people and people who have lesser physical issues which do not rise to the ADA's standard of "approved disabled". Many of these people have mobility problems, problems dealing with cold, or other issues in which allowing them to hunt in a more temperate season wouldbe a benefit.
Most archers who leave archery do so beginning at about age 39, mostly because of decreased physical ability. Dropping the age to 55 is a big step in allowing these archers to stay in the game.
We don't want to pay the "Definitions game" with those who are opposed to crossbows. As gun owners know, playing this game can have some very disagreeable unintended consequences. The NRA for years had to fight
Handgun Control, Inc. and their political anti-gun supporters who would invent new classifications of firearms which should be banned...classifications like, assault weapons, Saturday night specials, sniper weapon, and so on. Wisconsin legislators should not get into the 'creating all kinds of classifications game' just to protect a few people's exclusive right to the archery season, just because other archers want to use a slightly different type of archery equipment.
Gary Tauchen was very pleasant and up front with me and I believe he wants to draft a bill which will benefit archers and other hunters. This bill is in the drafting stage, and this is an excellent time to write him with your suggestions.We believe the bill should drop the "Greater or Lesser Weapon concept".
We believe the bill should include the age reduction to 55 for archers to allow them to use crossbows with out a medical exam. This will go a long way to reduce the cost to the state of over $32,000.00 just to process the applications. For those who have medical issues, taking the exam cost on average $120.00 per applicant X 5200 applicants or $624,000.00 annually. When times are hard for everyone, why are we making the handicapped spend more than a half a million dollars annually just to enjoy our archery season?
We believe this approach would be in compliance with the wishes of most Wisconsin hunters who as you know, approved the lowering of the age to 55 on this year's vote on the Conservation Congress's Spring Hearing
state wide questionnaire. Please tell Rep. Tauchen you would like the opportunity to use crossbows and your reasons for believing crossbow inclusion in the archery season would be beneficial.
You can reach Representative Gary Tauchen by mail at:
Representative Gary Tauchen
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708
Email address for Gary Tauchen or your representatives can be found at:http://legis.wisconsin.gov