Rep. Steve Johnson today announced that his legislation to remove a mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased during transport in a vehicle has been signed into law.
Johnson said the issue was brought to his attention by local residents who were concerned about the confusing aspects of bow and crossbow transport requirements. “I regard this as a simple criminal justice issue,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “This common sense change clarifies Michigan law, and ensures that law-abiding hunters simply traveling from one location to another with a bow or crossbow will not be at risk of a misdemeanor and jail time.”
The new law includes a provision that bows, crossbows and slingshots would need to be unloaded and uncocked to transport without a case. This change brings Michigan in line with several other Great Lakes states that have similar transportation provisions.
House Bill 5417 is now Public Act 272 of 2018.