A firearm suppressor company has begun a movement for gun owners to “Fight the Noise.” That is, advocate for the right to protect their hearing with firearm silencers without them being subject to extra taxes and paperwork.
“The Suppressed are changing the perception of an industry and leading the revolution with a clear message: Guns don’t have to be loud,” SilencerCo’s Fight the Noise website stated.
SilencerCo CEO Josh Waldron told TheBlaze that the suppressor industry has grown by leaps and bounds within the last five years. With that greater interest in the market, it now has the foundation to start a movement in the hopes of changing what it considers an antiquated federal law.
“We’re asking the federal government to get their grubby hands off our industry,” Waldron said.
The National Firearms Act of 1934 requires people wanting to purchase a suppressor to first pass a background check through the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, which the American Suppressor Association notes takes anywhere from 60 to 120 days, and pay $200 transfer tax.
Though, Waldron said that the application can take even longer to go through.
“The branch that you submit paperwork to is inundated with the growth,” he said. “They haven’t grown with us. Last year, we were in a 12-month wait for consumers to go and buy a muffler to buy a gun.”
A muffler, like that for a car, is what the Fight the Noise supporters, calling themselves “The Suppressed,” compare firearm silencers to. You can still hear a gun with a suppressor being shot, Waldron said, noting that they’re not completely silent as portrayed in movies.