Brits are on the slipperiest of slopes.
DEADLY assault rifle-style crossbows are available on high streets and online without any need for a licence or background checks. Today the Daily Express launches a crusade calling on the Government to crack down on the sale of the potentially lethal weapons which can be bought without having to give details of identity or a reason for their use.
We were able to visit a shop yards from one of Britain's busiest city centre high streets and buy a high-velocity 175lb Panther crossbow which boasts the promise "Built for power".
The terrifying weapon, bought in Leeds, is capable of hitting a target with its aluminium-pointed bolts at 500 yards.
Like many other brands it comes with a telescopic sight to make aiming easier and is designed to be as straightforward as possible to shoot.
Experts say they are more powerful than some air rifles that have to be licensed.
MPs have backed the Daily Express campaign and urged the Government to ban the deadly "sporting devices" saying there was "no reason" for them to be on sale to the general public.
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