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ASA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS THREE NEW MEMBERS

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the election of Laurie Aronson, CEO of Lipsey’s, Brad Johnson, Chairman and CEO of United Sporting Companies, and Graham Hill, CEO of Ice Miller Strategies as the newest members of the ASA Board of Directors. With their confirmation, the ASA Board has been expanded to 13 industry leading members, working together to advance the interests of the suppressor community.

“Our association is only as strong as our members, and the addition of Laurie, Brad, and Graham marks a tremendous strengthening of our already robust and diverse leadership,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the ASA. “We are all very excited for the opportunity to work with these three industry leaders on our collective endeavor. Their experience and expertise will absolutely strengthen our ability to protect and expand pro-suppressor reform across the country.”

Located in Baton Rouge, Lipsey’s was originally formed as a wholesale hunting and fishing distributor in 1953. Today it is one of the nation’s most prominent wholesale firearms distributors. The company, which sells exclusively to federally licensed dealers, has received a number of awards and accolades for its industry leadership. Moreover, Lipsey’s is recognized for its dedicated team, excellent relationships with customers and top firearms manufacturers and exclusive product offerings.

United Sporting Companies (USC) is a leading nationwide distributor of hunting, outdoor and marine products. The company operates through two subsidiaries, Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s Sport Center which were founded in 1933 and 1949, respectively. Providing the Industry’s largest product selection of over 85,000 SKUs in combination with the endless support of the most knowledgeable sales force in the country, USC proudly and efficiently serves over 30,000 independent retail customers across all 50 states through sales offices and distribution centers in Chapin, SC, Newberry, SC, Pittston, PA, Downingtown, PA, Dayton, OH, Spring Hill, KS, Dallas, TX, and Sacramento, CA.

Founded in 1910, Ice Miller LLP is an Am Law 200 Firm with a nationally recognized reputation in many of its practice areas. Ice Miller offers a broad array of capabilities in virtually all areas of legal practice including: corporate, patents and trademarks, bankruptcy, lobbying, labor and employment, litigation, employee benefits, environment, tax, trusts and estates, real estate, municipal finance, public affairs and government law. With offices in Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus; DuPage County, Ill.; Indianapolis; New York; and Washington, D.C., the Firm has more than 300 lawyers and 40 paraprofessionals.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SUPPRESSOR ASSOCIATION 

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 outreach.

For more information on how you can join the ASA, and help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, please visit www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.

 

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ASA Speaks at GOAL Dinner in Massachusetts

BOXBOROUGH, MA – Last night, ASA General Counsel Michael Williams spoke in front of a packed house at a fundraising dinner for the Massachusetts Gun Owners’ Action League.  The dinner, which took place at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, was attended by over 500 people showing their support for GOAL, and raised several thousand dollars for the group that will go a long way towards expanding firearm rights in Massachusetts.  As you know, GOAL has been a key player in the attempt to expand suppressor rights in the Bay State.  They have fully supported S. 1271, a bill that would legalize private suppressor ownership in Mass, as it made its way this year through the Joint Committee on Public Safety and to the Senate Ways and Means committee, and they remain committed to supporting it again next year.

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Also in attendance were Chris and Kevin Graham, owners of Yankee Hill Machine, based in Florence, Mass.  The ASA was glad to have been invited to speak in front of the group of committed Massachusetts 2A activists, and we fully support GOAL in its efforts on behalf of the Second Amendment.  We look forward to working with GOAL to make Massachusetts the 43rd state to legalize suppressor ownership!

No State Left Behind

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YANKEE HILL MACHINE (YHM) TO AUCTION FIVE NITRO SUPPRESSORS TO BENEFIT ASA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is excited to announce that it is teaming up with Yankee Hill Machine (YHM) to help the public get their hands on the first of YHM’s brand new Nitro 30 suppressors. Together, we will be auctioning off the first five NITRO .30 caliber suppressors in a limited-edition ASA model. All proceeds of the auctions will go directly to the ASA. This means that your purchase not only guarantees you a one-of-a-kind YHM NITRO suppressor, but will also help the ASA protect and expand your suppressor rights.

The first auction will begin on Gunbroker.com at 12:00 PM EDT on Friday, August 12th, and will last three days. A new auction will begin every 48 hours. Links will be posted to the ASA’s social media accounts, and can be found here:

These five LIMITED EDITION suppressors will feature the ASA logo engraved on the suppressor, and the winners of the auctions will have the opportunity to pick their own customized serial number. The serial numbers will begin with “ASA –”, followed by a combination of six letters and numbers of the auction winner’s choosing (at least one character must be a number). We are excited about this auction, and thankful to YHM for providing this generous and unique opportunity.

Additionally, Silencer Shop is donating an NFA trust, the $200 transfer tax, and all associated transfer costs, so long as the winner transfers the suppressor to a Powered By Silencer Shop dealer. All NFA rules still apply, and no refund will be given for the NFA trust, if the trust is not redeemed. For more information on the Powered By Silencer Shop network, visit www.SilencerShop.com/buy-it-local.

For more information on the new Yankee Hill Machine NITRO suppressor, or to learn more about the extensive line of high quality YHM suppressors, firearms, and accessories visit www.YHM.net or www.Facebook.com/officialYHM.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SUPPRESSOR ASSOCIATION 

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 more information on how you can join the ASA, and help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, please visit www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.


 

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New Hampshire: HB 500 Signed into Law–Suppressor Hunting Now Legal

The American Suppressor Association is proud to announce that after 3 years and a lot of teamwork, suppressor hunting is now legal in the Granite State!  Earlier today, Gov. Maggie Hassan signed Rep. John Burt’s (R-Hillsborough)HB 500 into law, making New Hampshire the 40th state to legalize suppressor hunting.  We could not be more proud to have been part of the team that got this bill introduced, passed through both houses of the legislature, and finally signed into law!

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As you may recall, the ASA began working with the New Hampshire Sportsmen’s Caucus three years ago to introduce legislation to bring New Hampshire on board with the 17 (now 18) states that have legalized suppressor hunting since 2011.  We faced many obstacles along the way, including skeptical committee chairmen and Department of Fish and Game leadership, but in the end the logic in favor of allowing sportsmen and women to protect their hearing in the field prevailed.

The American Suppressor Association would like to thank a long list of people and groups who came together to make this day possible.  First and foremost, we are incredibly grateful for Rep. John Burt’s sponsorship of the bill, as well as his continued championing of the issue each step of the way.  We also could not have gotten here without the tireless efforts of Rep. Jeff Goley (D-Hillsborough), who was a constant champion from the Democratic side of the aisle.  At the federal level, Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) played a crucial role by making sure that the voices of his constituents were relayed to Governor Hassan. A special thanks is also due to Gov. Maggie Hassan for taking the time to learn about the benefits of suppressor hunting, and for signing HB 500 into law.

On the organizational front, we would like to thank the New Hampshire Sportsmen’s Caucus, and in particular Brent Miller, the Northeastern States Manager for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, who testified and advocated on behalf of this bill on too many occasions to count.  We are also very grateful to New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer for the tremendous help they provided in pushing the bill past the finish line.  This was a true team effort, and could not have happened without the efforts of everyone listed above, as well as many more we haven’t named.

Finally, the American Suppressor Association is grateful for the support of our members, and we are very excited about bringing legal suppressor hunting to New Hampshire. We will continue to work towards our goal of legalizing suppressor ownership and hunting in all 50 states. Special thanks to New Hampshire for taking us one step closer!

No State Left Behind

 

 

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New Hampshire: Suppressor Hunting Bill HB 500 Needs Your Help

The ASA has recently received word that HB 500, a bill that would make New Hampshire the 40th state to legalize suppressor hunting, will be sent to Gov. Hassan within the next several days.  But we need your help to convince Gov. Hassan that this bill, and the ability of sportsmen and women in New Hampshire to protect their hearing in the field, is an important step forward for the Granite State. Please reach out to Gov. Hassan and politely urge her to sign HB 500 into law when it reaches her desk. With your help, Granite State sportsmen and women will soon have the right shared by hunters in 39 other states to use suppressors to protect their hearing while hunting.

Gov. Hassan’s Contact Information

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There are many benefits to using a suppressor, including:

  1. HEARING PROTECTION: Noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the most common afflictions for recreational shooters and hunters. Everyone knows that gunfire is loud, but very few people understand the repercussions that shooting can have on their hearing until it’s too late. Suppressors reduce the noise of a gunshot by an average of 20 – 35 dB, which is roughly the same as earplugs or earmuffs. By decreasing the overall sound signature, suppressors help to preserve the hearing of recreational shooters, hunters, and hunting dogs around the world.
  2. SAFER HUNTING: Most hunters do not wear not wear hearing protection in the field because they want to hear their surroundings. The trouble is, exposure to even a single unsuppressed gunshot can, and often does, lead to permanent hearing damage. Suppressors allow hunters to maintain full situational awareness, while still protecting their hearing. The result is a safer hunting experience for the hunter, and for those nearby.
  3. NOISE COMPLAINTS: As urban developments advance into rural areas, shooting ranges and hunting preserves across the country are being closed due to noise complaints. Although it can still be heard, suppressed gunfire helps mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting land.
  4. ACCURACY:  Suppressors reduce recoil, and help decrease muzzle flinch. These benefits lead to improved accuracy, better shot placement, and more humane hunts.

The American Suppressor Association is grateful for the support of our members. Rest assured, the ASA will maintain focus on our No State Left Behind campaign until suppressors are fully legal in all 50 states.

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Vermont: Gov. Shumlin Signs Bill Removing Suppressor Ownership Sunset Clause

Last week, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed H. 570 into law, thereby making suppressor ownership and use legal in Vermont in perpetuity.  As you may recall, Gov. Shumlin last year signed H. 5 into law, a bill that made Vermont the 41st state to allow private suppressor ownership.  One downside to last year’s H.5 was that it included a sunset provision on the use of suppressors at sport shooting ranges, which H. 570 repealed.  So, now that H. 570 has been signed into law, suppressor owners in Vermont no longer need to worry about having their ability to use suppressors at sport shooting ranges taken away by a sunset provision.  This is great news for suppressor owners in the Green Mountain State!

The American Suppressor Association would like to thank Rep. Patrick Brennan for his continued advocacy on behalf of your suppressor rights, as well as the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, without whose efforts this bill could not have become law.  We are also very appreciative of Gov. Shumlin for his willingness to sign both H.5 and H. 570.

Although the ASA is very happy with the direction Vermont is in terms of suppressor rights, it remains one of three states where suppressor ownership is legal, but suppressed hunting is not.  As such, we will be back in Montpelier next year working on legalizing suppressor hunting in the Green Mountain State.

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There are many benefits to using a suppressor, including:

  1. HEARING PROTECTION: Noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the most common afflictions for recreational shooters and hunters. Everyone knows that gunfire is loud, but very few people understand the repercussions that shooting can have on their hearing until it’s too late. Suppressors reduce the noise of a gunshot by an average of 20 – 35 dB, which is roughly the same as earplugs or earmuffs. By decreasing the overall sound signature, suppressors help to preserve the hearing of recreational shooters, hunters, and hunting dogs around the world.
  2. SAFER HUNTING: Most hunters do not wear not wear hearing protection in the field because they want to hear their surroundings. The trouble is, exposure to even a single unsuppressed gunshot can, and often does, lead to permanent hearing damage. Suppressors allow hunters to maintain full situational awareness, while still protecting their hearing. The result is a safer hunting experience for the hunter, and for those nearby.
  3. NOISE COMPLAINTS: As urban developments advance into rural areas, shooting ranges and hunting preserves across the country are being closed due to noise complaints. Although it can still be heard, suppressed gunfire helps mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting land.
  4. ACCURACY: Suppressors reduce recoil, and help decrease muzzle flinch. These benefits lead to improved accuracy, better shot placement, and more humane hunts.
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ASA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH GUN TRUST USA™

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Gun Trust USA™, a leading provider of NFA gun trusts. In an effort to focus more time and resources on pro-suppressor reform, the ASA will no longer be selling NFA gun trusts directly. Instead, as part of the partnership, anyone who purchases a trust through Gun Trust USA™ will receive a complimentary one year membership to the American Suppressor Association.

“We are very excited about our new partnership with Gun Trust USA™,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the ASA. “For nearly two years, selling trusts has been a great way for us to grow our membership. However, we do not have the resources needed to simultaneously advocate for pro-suppressor reform across the country, and provide the type of customer service that our members deserve. By working with companies like Gun Trust USA™, our members will receive the attention they deserve, and we will be able to maintain our focus on the legislative and regulatory issues.”

All NFA gun trusts and memberships previously sold through the ASA website will remain valid. For more information on Gun Trust USA™, please visit www.GunTrustUSA.com.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SUPPRESSOR ASSOCIATION 

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 more information on how you can join the ASA, and help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, please visit www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.

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ILLINOIS: SUPPRESSOR LEGISLATION STILL ALIVE, NEEDS YOUR HELP

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For over two years, the American Suppressor Association has been working alongside the National Rifle Association to legalize suppressors in Illinois. On Sunday, May 29th, Senate Bill 206 was amended in the House Judiciary Committee to include language to legalize the possession and use of these hearing protection devices in the state. On Tuesday evening, the Illinois House of Representatives voted 69 to 46 to pass SB 206 in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion.

Unfortunately, the Senate did not take up the measure for a concurrence vote before adjourning just before midnight. However, because the Illinois General Assembly failed to pass a budget, they will be returning for a summer session, during which SB 206 can be called to the Senate floor for a vote.

If you live in Illinois, it is important that you contact your state Senator, and also call Senate President John Cullerton (D-6) at (217) 782-2728, and politely urge them to call to the floor and pass SB 206 during this summer session.  You can contact your state Senator and Senate President Cullerton by clicking the NRA-ILA’s  “Take Action” link.

We would like to thank all of those who took the time to contact their legislators in support of this important pro-suppressor reform. We would also like to thank Representatives Brandon Phelps (D-118) and Jerry Costello (D-116) for their hard work in passing SB 206 in the House. Without everyone’s hard work, we would not be where we are today. 

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There are many benefits to using a suppressor, including:

  1. HEARING PROTECTION: Noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the most common afflictions for recreational shooters and hunters. Everyone knows that gunfire is loud, but very few people understand the repercussions that shooting can have on their hearing until it’s too late. Suppressors reduce the noise of a gunshot by an average of 20 – 35 dB, which is roughly the same as earplugs or earmuffs. By decreasing the overall sound signature, suppressors help to preserve the hearing of recreational shooters, hunters, and hunting dogs around the world.
  2. SAFER HUNTING: Most hunters do not wear not wear hearing protection in the field because they want to hear their surroundings. The trouble is, exposure to even a single unsuppressed gunshot can, and often does, lead to permanent hearing damage. Suppressors allow hunters to maintain full situational awareness, while still protecting their hearing. The result is a safer hunting experience for the hunter, and for those nearby.
  3. NOISE COMPLAINTS: As urban developments advance into rural areas, shooting ranges and hunting preserves across the country are being closed due to noise complaints. Although it can still be heard, suppressed gunfire helps mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting land.
  4. ACCURACY:  Suppressors reduce recoil, and help decrease muzzle flinch. These benefits lead to improved accuracy, better shot placement, and more humane hunts.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE: SUPPRESSOR HUNTING BILL PASSES FINAL CONCURRENCE VOTE

Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with a minor amendment made to Rep. John Burt’s (R-Hillsborough) HB 500 by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The changes removed the “Findings” section from the original language, but did not alter the functionality of the legislation. From here, the bill will now move to Governor Hassan’s desk for her signature. 

While this vote represents a major step forward towards making New Hampshire the 40th state to legalize suppressor hunting, we still need your help. Please reach out to Gov. Hassan and politely urge her to sign HB 500 into law when it reaches her desk. With your help, the sportsmen and women of New Hampshire will soon be able to use suppressors to protect their hearing while hunting in the Granite State.

Gov. Hassan’s Contact Information

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There are many benefits to using a suppressor, including:

  1. HEARING PROTECTION: Noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the most common afflictions for recreational shooters and hunters. Everyone knows that gunfire is loud, but very few people understand the repercussions that shooting can have on their hearing until it’s too late. Suppressors reduce the noise of a gunshot by an average of 20 – 35 dB, which is roughly the same as earplugs or earmuffs. By decreasing the overall sound signature, suppressors help to preserve the hearing of recreational shooters, hunters, and hunting dogs around the world.
  2. SAFER HUNTING: Most hunters do not wear not wear hearing protection in the field because they want to hear their surroundings. The trouble is, exposure to even a single unsuppressed gunshot can, and often does, lead to permanent hearing damage. Suppressors allow hunters to maintain full situational awareness, while still protecting their hearing. The result is a safer hunting experience for the hunter, and for those nearby.
  3. NOISE COMPLAINTS: As urban developments advance into rural areas, shooting ranges and hunting preserves across the country are being closed due to noise complaints. Although it can still be heard, suppressed gunfire helps mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting land.
  4. ACCURACY:  Suppressors reduce recoil, and help decrease muzzle flinch. These benefits lead to improved accuracy, better shot placement, and more humane hunts.

The American Suppressor Association is grateful for the support of our members. Rest assured, the ASA will maintain focus on our No State Left Behind campaign until suppressors are fully legal in all 50 states.

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AMERICAN SUPPRESSOR ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON ATF 29P

Yesterday morning, the American Suppressor Association was made aware of Docket No. ATF 29P, an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) which seeks to gather public comments in reference to the marking requirements of suppressors. The comment period for ATF 29P, which was published in the Federal Register this morning, will run for 90 days, ending at midnight on August 2, 2016.

The summary of the ANPRM is as follows:

“The Department of Justice is considering amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to require licensed manufacturers, licensed importers, and nonlicensed makers to place identification markings on the outer tube of firearm silencers and firearm mufflers. The Department wishes to gather information and comments from the public and industry concerning whether or not the regulations should be amended.”

In short, ATF 29P is a solution to a non-existent problem. On April 17, 2008, the ATF issued a guidance stating that suppressors must be marked with a serial number “on any external part.” According to the ATF, the ANPRM was brought on by a petition filed by the National Firearms Act Trade and Collectors Association (NFATCA) on April 27, 2008. In the petition, the NFATCA sought to narrow the ATF’s guidance, asking that the ATF require manufacturers to serialize the outer tube of the suppressor. At the time, virtually all suppressors had outer tubes. Today, after eight years of exponential innovation, there are numerous suppressor models which do not. To our knowledge, there have not been any recorded problems regarding the markings on legally manufactured suppressors, tubeless or not.

Given that the ATF classifies any suppressor part as a suppressor, the ASA does not believe that the ATF should restrict where the manufacturer chooses to mark their specific models. ATF 29P has nothing to do with enhancing public safety. It is yet another clear and measured attempt by this administration to harass the suppressor industry. If public safety was their primary concern, they would have moved forward with this initiative when they received the petition in 2008.

The American Suppressor Association is working with industry to put together a comprehensive set of comments to oppose ATF 29P. If you are interested in filing a comment, please contact us at Info@AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.

We will keep you posted as more details arise.

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