Both houses of the Texas Legislature have now passed a bill that will allow the use of crossbows to all hunters during the state’s early archery season. The legislation is now headed to Gov. Perry’s desk, and he is expected to sign it.

We’ve already discussed this issue generally, but a story in The Tyler Morning Telegraph raises a couple of finer points worth a look:


_Rep. Mark Homer of Paris sponsored the bill at the request of a hunting partner. . . .

_”If you do a side-by-side comparison of crossbows and compound bows there is no advantage. They are almost identical,” Homer said.
And second:

_Manufacturers are bullish on Texas liberalizing its crossbow regulations, hoping the sale of bows that cost from about $400 to more than $1,000 explode in the state.

“I received an e-mail from a guy who is with one of the manufacturers and he said they were having trouble keeping up with demand in Pennsylvania where they recently approved their use,” Wolf said.

How much does that manufacturer’s bullishness have to do with states liberalizing crossbow regulations?