WHAT IS THE ASA

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, and public education.

We are the country’s leading subject matter experts on suppressors and suppressor related advocacy. We have helped draft state and federal legislation, including the Hearing Protection Act, hosted countless suppressor demonstrations for legislators, are spearheading efforts to legalize commercial suppressor exportation through non-legislative means, and have actively lobbied in 28 states, as well as in Washington, D.C.

Our track record speaks for itself: through our No State Left Behind campaign, we have had a direct role in the legalization of suppressors in three states, and the legalization of suppressor hunting in eighteen states. We are currently working pro-suppressor legislation in 10 states, and we will not stop fighting until suppressors are legal in every state in the country. We work hand-in-hand with larger like-minded organizations, but no other entity has dedicated more time and resources to pro-suppressor advocacy. We truly are an association of, by, and for the suppressor community.

In order to strengthen our voice, and thus effectively advocate for the issues, the ASA needs your support. If we all work together, this is a fight we will certainly win!

 

ASA OBJECTIVES

 

Federal Lobbying

On the federal level, our goal is simple: ease the archaic restrictions on suppressors. In short, our work seeks to create a better environment for businesses and consumers alike. Our ultimate goal is the removal of suppressors from the NFA through passage of the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) as a standalone bill, or as a part of other legislation. However, until we are able to accomplish that, we will work diligently to streamline the NFA process. In addition to the HPA, we are currently working on legislation that will mandate that the ATF process NFA applications in a predetermined period of time. We are also working to fix ATF’s burdensome regulation of suppressor parts and components, which are regulated as suppressors themselves. If passed, we believe that this will result in a tremendous boost to the market.

Our federal initiatives are as follows:

• Streamline the NFA process and reduce transfer processing times
• Remove suppressors from the NFA by passing the HPA or SHARE Act
• Legalize the exportation of suppressors to foreign commercial markets
• Lobby the Department of Defense and NATO to issue system wide suppressor solicitations

 

State Lobbying

The passage of pro-suppressor reform at the state level is one of the top priorities for the ASA. We have set an aggressive agenda, called the No State Left Behind campaign, to pursue legislation in every state that does not currently allow for suppressor ownership, or their use while hunting. Our goal is to create new markets and protect existing interests. In 2017, the ASA actively worked legislation in ten states, with bills for suppressor legalization in seven of the eight states that do not currently allow private ownership.

Serving as subject matter experts, we will work to push the following issues:

• Private ownership (eight states currently banned)
• Use of suppressors for hunting (ten states currently banned)

 

Public Education

One of the principal roles of the ASA is to dispel the common myths and misconceptions that surround suppressors. As a neutral party, and trusted source, we have the ability to reach the suppressor community in ways that the rest of the industry cannot. Through collaborative efforts with our sponsors and media contacts, we will utilize our newsletter and social media outlets to reach hundreds of thousands of people with our messaging.

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.