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"Silencers, not just for hitmen"

Postby SirSqueeboo » Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:09 am

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-guns-silencers-idUSKCN0WA19E

The U.S. gun industry is trying to shake off the Hollywood hitman image of the gun silencer and rebrand it as a hearing-protection device in a campaign to roll back regulations that date to the 1930s.

Industry lobbying has led to more than a dozen states legalizing silencers for hunting since 2011. Now gun advocates are pressing Congress to repeal a Depression-era law that requires a months-long screening process for silencer buyers - far more scrutiny than gun buyers face.

Sales of silencers - or "suppressors," as the industry prefers to call them - are booming. The number of silencers registered with the U.S. government more than doubled to 792,282 in February 2015 from 360,534 in March 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

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Silencers are rarely used in crimes, according to a 10-year study published in 2007 by the Western Criminology Review. Researchers estimated silencers were involved in 30 to 40 of the 75,000 federal criminal cases filed each year. The study found only two federal cases involving a silencer used in murders.

Arizona Republican Representative Matt Salmon said silencers could allow soldiers and hunters to avoid the kind of hearing damage that has forced him to wear a hearing aid after 50 years of shooting guns.

"If we have something that mitigates that kind of hearing loss, we ought to be encouraging it," Salmon said.

In October, he introduced legislation that would replace the silencer screening process with a simpler background check.

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In Congress, Salmon's Hearing Protection Act has attracted 51 co-sponsors and support by the NRA and other industry groups.

But it's unclear whether it will advance. Salmon has announced he will retire at the end of the year, and Congress is unlikely to pass controversial legislation ahead of November general elections.

One new rule change hasn't gone the industry's way.

In July, the Obama administration will make it more difficult to buy silencers through a legal trust, a method of purchase that allowed one person to share the device. The rules will require people listed on the trust to submit fingerprints and photographs.

That has only goosed sales further. The Silencer Shop, an online retailer, says it is now selling 6,000 units per month, double its usual figure.
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Re: "Silencers, not just for hitmen"

Postby newportri » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:46 am

That would be great, but we would also have to repeal the ban in RI.
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Re: "Silencers, not just for hitmen"

Postby SirSqueeboo » Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:02 am

Yes, I have a few. Here's one on my latest build for a competition at the end of the month in Reno.

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Re: "Silencers, not just for hitmen"

Postby Uncle Duke » Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:09 am

I started off with a Huntertown .22 suppressor and a Ruger 10/45 Lite purchased by my wife for me as a Christmas gift three years ago. This came as a complete shock to me, however, my wife has surprised me and is all in favor of target practice and hunting with suppressors. Pennsylvania has allowed hunting with suppressors for several years and I do with a .300 AAC Blackout. Ohio enacted legislation that allows hunting with suppressors and bolt action rifles with straight walled cartridges. I know that this was an uphill battle for Ohioans for Concealed Carry and Buckeye Firearm Owners Association because of the negative image of hitmen using suppressors to kill people. Personally, I wrote several letters to the editor of local newspapers trying to allay people's irrational fears about suppressors being used to commit crimes (read: anti-gun advocates and armchair firearms experts). Governor Kasich signed two bills that expanded gun ownership and made ownership of NFA regulated firearms more accessible to the average gun owner and CHL holder after ceding to demands for stricter/additional penalties for use of suppressors when used to commit crimes. So far, no suppressors have been used to commit any crimes in Ohio.

Now if I can find a straight walled cartridge worth hunting with where I can thread a barrel...
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