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Federal Bill Would Make Silencers Much Easier to Purchase

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Federal Bill Would Make Silencers Much Easier to Purchase

Any suppressors bought after October 22, 2015 would be subject to a $200 refund for the current federal tax.

In a move that gun rights advocates have been pushing for years, Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) has proposed a bill to eliminate suppressors from the overbearing restrictions imposed by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA). The bill is appropriately named the Hearing Protection Act.

“Suppressors significantly reduce the chance of hearing loss for anyone who enjoys the shooting sports,” Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

“Despite common Hollywood-based misconceptions, the laws of physics dictate that no suppressor will ever be able to render gunfire silent. Suppressors are simply mufflers for firearms,” the American Suppressor Association wrote. “In addition to hearing protection, suppressors also mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting lands.”

“Since day one, the goal of our association has been to remove suppressors from the NFA,” ASA President Knox Williams told Guns.com. “The Hearing Protection Act is the culmination of our efforts to enact pro-suppressor reform on both the state and federal levels.

Williams conceded the push to get the measure through Congress may be uphill, but is worth the fight.

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