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hearing Protection Act
« on: October 23, 2015, 08:35:51 AM »
We've talked about it as a safety measure.
We have pointed out that what they require on your car is taxed $200 on your fire arm.
Now we may see TRUE common sense !

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 “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.

“While we don’t expect the HPA to pass overnight, we are confident that our continued educational and outreach initiatives will ultimately lead to the passage of this critical legislation,” he said. “Its enactment will result in safer and more enjoyable shooting and hunting experiences for generations of sportsmen and women to come.”

Since 1934, the federal government has treated devices designed to muffle or suppress the report of firearms as Title II devices that required registration under the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record and mandated transfers that included a $200 tax stamp.

“Instead, (if the bill passes) federal law would treat them as firearms which would allow suppressors to transfer through any regular federal firearms license holders to anyone not prohibited from possessing them after the buyer passes an FBI instant background check.”

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

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