Airbow hunting; authorized to hunt deer & small game when hunter is licensed to hunt w/bow & arrow. (HB1393)

Introduced By

Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Arrowgun hunting; license. Authorizes the use of an arrowgun, a pneumatic-powered air gun, for hunting and allows certain disabled hunters to obtain an archery license for hunting with an arrowgun. This bill is identical to SB 859. Amends § 15.2-1209, § 15.2-916, § 18.2-285, § 18.2-286, § 29.1-303.3, § 29.1-306, § 29.1-519, § 29.1-521, § 29.1-521.2, § 29.1-524, § 29.1-525, § 29.1-528.1, § 29.1-549, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/15/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104641D
01/15/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/25/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1393)
01/29/2018Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #2
01/31/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 1-N)
01/31/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 1-N)
02/07/2018Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Floor substitute printed 18107035D-H1 (Knight)
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Committee amendments from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources rejected
02/12/2018Substitute by Delegate Knight agreed to 18107035D-H1
02/12/2018Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB1393H1
02/13/2018Read third time and passed House (87-Y 13-N)
02/13/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (87-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/21/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1393H1)
03/01/2018Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (8-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Read third time
03/06/2018Passed Senate (35-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Passed Senate (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1393ER)
03/08/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1393ER)
03/08/2018Signed by Speaker
03/10/2018Signed by President
03/16/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 16, 2018
03/16/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 557 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0557)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


Jeff clark writes:

I hunt with a crossbow. I really don’t see much of a difference between the airbow and the crossbow. The airbow should be legal for the archery season in Virginia.

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