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The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor industry. Our mission is to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish our mission, our principal initiatives focus on state lobbying, federal lobbying, public education, and industry research.

For three years, the ASA has worked to ensure and expedite the passage of pro-suppressor reform across the country. We will continue to work until all of our objectives are complete.




We strive to raise public awareness about the benefits and merits of suppressors through a comprehensive public awareness campaign that utilizes both electronic and print media.

Change State Ownership Laws

The ASA will not rest until all 50 states legalize suppressor ownership and possession. As of 2014, there are 11 states to go. Learn how you can make a difference.

Change Hunting Laws and Regulations

We will continue to work with legislators and state wildlife agencies to legalize the use of suppressors in the field by hunters across the nation. There are currently 5 states where suppressors are legal to own, but are not legal for game hunting.  Learn more about the laws in your state.

Shall Sign Legislation

In key states across the country, Shall Sign legislation is moving forward. Shall Sign legislation refers to bills that would require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) in the state to signoff on NFA applications within a prescribed period of time, unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person. We are working hard to pass Shall Sign legislation in all 39 states that suppressors are legal.

Fix Problems within the NFA

There are more than 45,000 Form 4 Applications in backlog at the NFA Branch. This represents over $9 million in tax revenue. With only 25 full time examiners manually approving forms, transferees are experiencing 4 to 9 month wait times. We are working with the NFA Branch to help speed the process in any ways that we can. Our end goal is to see instantaneous approval at the point of purchase.

Boost Membership

The ASA is a sponsorship and membership driven organization. Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, dealer, or suppressor owner, our strength comes from our members.  Learn more about becoming an ASA member and start supporting the cause today.

 The Story of the Owl

Since the creation of Ancient Greek mythology the owl has been revered as a symbol of wisdom and skill. For Greek soldiers, an owl flying overhead was a sure sign of victory. His silent, perceptive nature and nocturnal vision make him one of the most respected and powerful predators of the sky.  The American Suppressor Association is the learning institution for suppressor owners to gain and share knowledge, hone their skills and develop the owl’s same ability for expert precision and silent observation.


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