Today's fact Beekeepers once used crossbows to keep bears away.
A WORLD WAR II machine-gun and tank mortar, crossbows, semi-automatic weapons and fireworks are among a cache of 380 unregistered firearms uncovered during a two-day search of a 100-hectare property at Peel, near Bathurst, police revealed yesterday.
ABOUT 400 swords, crossbows and other dangerous weapons have been seized or handed in to Victoria Police under a three-month amnesty. The weapons were outlawed last year after a spate of attacks, including a gang fight in the Fitzroy Gardens in which a man's hand was cut off.
THE Northern Territory Government will continue to allow the sale and use of crossbows within its borders despite pressure for a national ban.
NSW Police Minister John Watkins has pushed for a national ban on crossbows ahead of today's police ministers' meeting in Melbourne.