Bill Advanced To Ease Suppressor Purchases

Suppressors get more than their fair share of negative attention, thanks in no small part to their association with Hollywood blockbuster snipers. They are much more than the cliche go-to of the cinematic assassin, though, and the GOP has taken up the defense of suppressors as one of its more quiet ambitions.

The Hearing Protection Act seeks to remove suppressors from the National Firearms Act. The current regulations require the purchase of a $200 tax stamp along with a complex application process. Even those qualified to own suppressors aren’t guaranteed that they can get approved in some locations. The Hearing Protection Act seeks to change that.

The House Committee on Natural Resources is set to hold a hearing tomorrow and the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreation Enhancement Act is on the agenda. This new measure includes almost all of the meat of the Hearing Protection Act.

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SilencerCo On Capitol Hill

For months now, the foremost issue in the shooting sports community has been the introduction of the Hearing Protection Act, a proposed bill introduced by Representatives Jeff Duncan and John Carter that, if passed, would eliminate many of the regulatory hurdles for firearms owners looking to purchase a suppressor by removing the devices from the National Firearms Act of 1934.

Despite uneducated and outright false claims by opponents that “silencers” allow violent criminals to operate undetected by law enforcement or bystanders, the use of suppressors can make shooting safer for users by lowering the report of the gun, which is easier on the shooter’s (and bystanders’) ears, as well as improving accuracy and hunting purposes and sparing Americans from the current burden of a $200 tax stamp requirement and excruciatingly long approval wait times.

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