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. 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.

Jason McClain writes:

The Airbow helps with the hunter to be more efficient in harvesting an animal of his or her choice during what ever the hunting season is. It is another tool in the hunters tool bag to help harvest an animal with more accuracy and comfortableness that a hunter knows. The Airbow is a platform that the average hunter is familiar with unlike a compound bow or crossbow that is bulky and restricts the person from taking a spot on ethical shot in certain situations. Once you have fired an Airbow you will see the simplicity of it and how you can make a more accurate shot to harvest the animal of choice. In return for the simplicity of the Airbow there are less wounded animals to run off and die wasted from lack of shot placement. Thanks for reading this and hope it makes a difference in the thought processes of legalizing for every hunter with a hunting bow license.