This week, the House Judiciary Committee approved Rep. Steve Johnson’s House Bill 5417, which would remove a mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased while being transported in a vehicle.
“I view this change as a simple criminal justice issue,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “By not knowing and following this subtle aspect of Michigan law, hunters simply traveling from one location to another with a bow or crossbow could be found guilty of a misdemeanor, putting them at risk of jail time.”
Rep. Johnson’s bill removes the current mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased when transported in a motor vehicle, including an off-road vehicle. The legislation includes a provision that bows, crossbows and slingshots would need to be unloaded and uncocked to transport without a case. This change would bring Michigan in line with several other Great Lakes states that have similar transport provisions.
House Bill 5417 now moves to the full House for consideration.