Gun Rights Advocates Push For Easier Access to Suppressors

Gun Rights Advocates Push For Easier Access to Suppressors

Gun Rights Advocates Push For Easier Access to Suppressors

If you watch any film or television show that features any aspect of contract killing or the intelligence community, you’re bound to see the typical scene where some agent, or hitman, whips out a gun and attaches a suppressor at the end in order to carry out their mission undetected. Yet, this is only for entertainment purposes. The bill that aims to make suppressors more available for civilian use revolves around hunting and sports shooting, where such a device could prevent hearing loss for avid shooters. Oh, and the gun control community isn’t happy about it. Right now, a civilian may obtain a silencer in certain state, but only after going through a background check conducted by the ATF under the National Firearms Act (via the Hill):

“Suppressors significantly reduce the chance of hearing loss for anyone who enjoys the shooting sports,” Chris Cox, executive director of National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm, said in a statement.

Gun silencers, or suppressors, not only reduce the noise, but also the recoil from firing a shot, advocates say.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Gun Owners of America (GOA), and American Suppressor Association are also backing the legislation.

GOA executive director Larry Pratt said it is “not only unconstitutional but embarrassing” that the government places so many restrictions on the purchase of gun silencers.

“Silencers are not used in crime, nor would they be if more widely available,” Pratt said.

Gun silencers are prohibited in a handful of states under current law, while hunters may use them only after going through a much more rigorous background check process in 37 other states, according to the NRA.

“The requirements to get a suppressor are the same as to get a machine gun,” explained NRA spokesman Lars Dalseide.

The gun silencer bill would speed up the process by permitting anyone who passes a basic firearms background check to purchase a suppressor.


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