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MINNESOTA: SUPPRESSOR HUNTING NOW LEGAL

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Today,  the suppressor hunting portion of ASA backed Senate File 878 takes effect, making Minnesota the 36th state to allow for the use of suppressors while hunting. Maine will soon become the 37th state to follow suit, when Legislative Document 942 goes into effect in mid-October. As you may recall, on July 1st, a separate portion of SF 878 went into effect, making Minnesota the 40th state to legalize private suppressor ownership.

This major victory for suppressor rights comes after months of hard work on the part of the NRA, the ASA, and especially Rep. Tony Cornish (R-23B), Chairman of the House Public Safety Committee, who acted as a champion for our cause by shepherding this bill through committee and ensuring that this issue stayed at the top of the legislature’s agenda.

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 thanks the National Rifle Association and Rep. Cornish for continuously supporting SF 878. We thank Rep. Mark Anderson (R-09A), who sponsored the initial stand alone suppressor bill, as well as the eight conferees who voted to support suppressors in conference committee. We thank Speaker of the House Daudt, Senate Majority Leader Bakk, Rep. David Dill (DFL-03A), and the other 170 members of the House and Senate who voted to recognize your suppressor rights, as well as Governor Dayton for signing the legislation into law.

Finally, we thank the businesses and law abiding citizens of Minnesota who supported the legalization of suppressors in the North Star State. Without your help and involvement, this measure would not have succeeded.

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

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North Carolina: Shall-Sign Bill Heads to Gov. McCrory for Signature

This past Monday, July 27, the North Carolina Senate overwhelmingly passed HB 562, a pro-gun, pro-suppressor omnibus bill that will make North Carolina the 14th state to implement Shall-Sign/Shall-Certify legislation.  The bill, which had strong bipartisan support in both chambers of the North Carolina legislature, passed the Senate 40-9 after passing the House in a 78-37 vote.

In addition to other pro-gun provisions, HB 562 will ensure that law-abiding North Carolina residents are able to purchase and own suppressors by requiring Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) to sign suppressor applications within 15 days of receipt, unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person.  Once the bill is signed into law by Gov. McCrory, North Carolina will join the other 13 states with similar provisions, ensuring that CLEOs will not have veto power over the people’s right to own suppressors.

The CLEO signoff issue became a top priority for the American Suppressor Association following the Obama Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Docket No. ATF 41P. This is the executive action which seeks to extend the CLEO signoff requirement to every member of every NFA trust and legal entity. Many CLEOs refuse to sign NFA applications, basing their refusal on perceived liability or on purely political reasons. The enactment of HB 562 into law will ensure that law abiding citizens in North Carolina can receive a CLEO certification within a reasonable amount of time, regardless of the outcome of 41P.

As always, the American Suppressor Association will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that your suppressor rights are protected and expanded nationwide. We thank the all the North Carolina legislators who voted in favor of HB 562 to protect the rights of law abiding citizens in North Carolina. We also thank the National Rifle Association for their involvement and unwavering support of this issue.

The ASA is very excited about the prospects of this bill becoming law, but there is still work to do before we can declare victory. We need your help to push this effort past the finish line! Using this link, please email Gov. McCrory and politely urge him to sign HB 562 into law.

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YHM BECOMES TIER THREE SPONSOR OF ASA

FLORENCE, MA – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Yankee Hill Machine Co., Inc. (YHM), a leader in the suppressor industry, is the newest Tier Three Sponsor of the ASA. With their contribution, YHM joins the ranks of AcuSport, Daniel Defense, Gemtech, SilencerCo, and Silencer Shop as a voting member of the association.

YHM is a 3rd generation family owned business which is owned and operated by Christopher and Kevin Graham. They produce a complete line of sound suppressors, AR-15 type firearms, and firearm accessories. They first began working with suppressors in 2004 with the development of their first 5.56 suppressor.  Since then, they have expanded their product line to cover firearms ranging from .22LR to .338 Lapua, and everything in between. Their corporate mantra has always been to provide a high quality product at an affordable price.

“The ASA is excited to strengthen our association through the inclusion of YHM” said Michael Williams, General Counsel of ASA. “Christopher and Kevin Graham of  YHM have been leaders in the fight to legalize private suppressor ownership in Massachusetts, and we look forward to working with YHM towards the goal of expanding suppressor rights across the country.”

Based in Florence, Massachusetts, YHM is known for its high quality suppressors, firearms, and firearms accessories. Founded in an area of western Massachusetts known locally as “Yankee Hill”, YHM moved to their current location in the mid-1960’s. To learn more about YHM, visit them online at www.YHM.net.

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.

The ability of the American Suppressor Association to operate and advocate for pro-suppressor reform is tied directly to our ability to fundraise. Since the ASA’s formation in 2011, 15 states have legalized suppressor hunting, 12 states have passed “Shall Sign” initiatives, and 2 states have legalized suppressor ownership. Much of this would not have happened without your support. For more information on corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Knox Williams at info@americansuppressorassociation.com, or visit us at www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.

 

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ASA Attends Bill Signing with VT Gov. Shumlin

On Thursday, July 16th, ASA General Counsel Michael Williams attended the ceremonial signing of Vermont bill H.5, which legalized private suppressor ownership there effective July 2nd.  Governor Peter Shumlin signed the ceremonial version of the law at the Barre Fish and Game Club in conjunction with Vermont’s annual Moose Permit Lottery.  Rep. Pat Brennan was also on hand to celebrate this victory for suppressor rights, and was the recipient of one of the pens Gov. Shumlin used to sign the law in recognition of his invaluable role in getting the legislation passed.  The ASA thanks Rep. Brennan, Gov. Shumlin, and the Barre Fish and Game Club for their help in making Vermont the 41st state to legalize private suppressor ownership.

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From Left, VT Rep. Pat Brennan, Gov. Peter Shumlin, and Michael Williams

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

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Hush That Noise – Guns & Ammo Editorial

 

 

 

Check out what our friend Eric Poole has to say about suppressors and the American Suppressor Association in his editorial from the August, 2015 issue of Guns & Ammo!

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Massachusetts: ASA Testifies in Favor of Suppressor Legalization Bill

Last Tuesday, July 14th, the ASA’s General Counsel testified in front of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary in support of H. 1305, a bill that would legalize private suppressor ownership in Massachusetts. H. 1305 is a short bill that would replace the current law that prohibits the possession of suppressors by non-manufacturers with language that allows private individuals to own and possess suppressors so long as they are not (1) prohibited persons; (2) committing a violent felony; (3) committing a crime of violence against a family member; or (4) possessing or selling controlled substances.

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The bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn), Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), and Rep. Stephen DiNatale (D-Fitchburg), also received supporting testimony from Jim Wallace, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL), Rep. Frost, Chris Graham, owner of Yankee Hill Machine, and several other members of the public. Only one person, anti-gun Rep. David Linsky, spoke against the bill.

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 ASA is very appreciative of the efforts made by GOAL and Rep. Frost, who drafted and introduced H. 1305, as well as Sen. Gobi and Rep. DiNatale for agreeing to cosponsor it. The hearing before the Judiciary Committee is the first step of a long legislative process, but the ASA is optimistic that Massachusetts will become the 42nd state to legalize private suppressor ownership in the near future.

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MINNESOTA: SUPPRESSORS NOW LEGAL

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Today, ASA backed Senate File 878 takes effect, making Minnesota the 40th state to allow civilians to own and possess suppressors. On August 1st, SF 878 will also make Minnesota the 36th state to allow for the use of suppressors while hunting.

This major victory for suppressor rights comes after months of hard work on the part of the NRA, the ASA, and especially Rep. Tony Cornish (R-23B), Chairman of the House Public Safety Committee, who acted as a champion for our cause by shepherding this bill through committee and ensuring that this issue stayed at the top of the legislature’s agenda.

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 thanks the National Rifle Association and Rep. Cornish for continuously supporting SF 878. We thank Rep. Mark Anderson (R-09A), who sponsored the initial stand alone suppressor bill, as well as the eight conferees who voted to support suppressors in conference committee. We thank Speaker of the House Daudt, Senate Majority Leader Bakk, Rep. David Dill (DFL-03A), and the other 170 members of the House and Senate who voted to recognize your suppressor rights, as well as Governor Dayton for signing the legislation into law.

Finally, we thank the businesses and law abiding citizens of Minnesota who supported the legalization of suppressors in the North Star State. Without your help and involvement, this measure would not have succeeded.

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

 

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MAINE: PRO-SUPPRESSOR LEGISLATION BECOMES LAW

At midnight last night, ASA backed Legislative Document 942 became law, making Maine the 37th state to legalize full game suppressor hunting. Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R – Androscoggin County), LD 942 also includes a “Shall Sign” provision, which will require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) in Maine to sign NFA applications within 15 days of receipt, unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person. The legislation will take effect 90 days after the end of session – likely mid-October.

Earlier this year, Minnesota and Montana passed and enacted similar pro-suppressor hunting reform. In 2014, AlabamaFloridaGeorgiaLouisiana, and Ohio did the same. When the new law takes effect, Maine will also become the 13th  state to enact some form of a “Shall Sign/Certify” process, joining Alaska, ArkansasArizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Dakota, OhioOklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.

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 would like to thank Sen. Mason for sponsoring and championing the legislation, and Rep. Stephen Wood for working hard to ensure its passage. We would also like to thank the National Rifle Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, and Gun Owners of Maine for working together on this initiative to make Maine a safer place to hunt.

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

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VERMONT BECOMES 41ST STATE TO LEGALIZE SUPPRESSORS – EFFECTIVE JULY 2

Last week, Governor Peter Shumlin signed H. 5 into law, officially making Vermont the 41st state to legalize the private possession of suppressors. The new law, which will go into effect on July 2nd, was the culmination of months of education and negotiation, and a great deal of hard work on the part of Rep. Patrick Brennan (R-Chittenden), the American Suppressor Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, and many others.

As you might remember from our earlier post, Rep. Brennan successfully lobbied to have suppressor ownership language inserted into an economic development bill, S. 138.  When the suppressor ownership provision was later removed from that bill in conference committee, Rep. Brennan went right back to work, reaching across the aisle to work with Sen. John Rogers (D-Essex/Orleans), who inserted the provision into H. 5, a hunting bill, on the Senate floor.  Together Rep. Brennan and Sen. Rogers, along with Rep. David Deen (D-Westminster), worked tirelessly to whip votes in favor of the suppressor ownership bill in both the House and Senate.  Their efforts paid off, and H.5 passed both the Senate and the House with overwhelming majorities.

As part of the negotiation, the use of suppressors will be restricted to “sport shooting ranges”, which are defined in 10 V.S.A. § 5227(a). Next year, we will be back to remove this restriction, and to legalize their use while hunting.

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 would like to thank all the legislators who worked hard to secure suppressor rights in Vermont, but special gratitude is owed to Rep. Brennan.  Rep. Brennan worked vigorously throughout the session for our suppressor rights, not only by drafting the language that would make them legal, but also by making sure the language was attached to no fewer than three bills before finally being approved. The ASA would also like to thank the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the National Rifle Association for their support on this issue. We would finally like to thank Gov. Shumlin for signing H. 5 into law.

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

 

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MAINE: PRO-SUPPRESSOR LEGISLATION PASSED, GOES TO GOVERNOR

On Friday, June 12th, the Maine State Senate passed ASA backed Legislative Document 942, a bill which seeks to make Maine the 37th state to legalize full game suppressor hunting. Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R – Androscoggin County), LD 942 also includes a “Shall Sign” provision, which would require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) in Maine to sign NFA applications within 15 days of receipt, unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person. The legislation is now on its way to the desk of Governor Paul LePage.

If signed into law, Maine will become the 37th state to allow hunters to use legally possessed suppressors in the field. Earlier this year, Minnesota and Montana passed and enacted similar pro-suppressor hunting reform. In 2014, AlabamaFloridaGeorgiaLouisiana, and Ohio did the same. Maine will also become the 13th  state to enact some form of a “Shall Sign/Certify” process, joining Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.

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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.

As always, thank you for your support. We will keep you up to date as new information becomes available.

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