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New Hampshire: ASA-Backed Suppressor Hunting Bill Passes Subcommittee, Heads to Committee

Yesterday, August 20th, HB 500, an ASA-backed bill that would legalize hunting with suppressors in New Hampshire, passed out of a subcommittee of the New Hampshire House of Representative’s Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee on a 3-2 vote.  The ASA’s General Counsel testified before the subcommittee in support of the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. John Burt (R-39).  The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s Director Northeastern States, Brent Miller, also submitted testimony in support of the bill.  Now that HB 500 has passed out of subcommittee, it will head to the full Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee for a vote, which has yet to be scheduled.

Suppressors, which are already legal to possess in New Hampshire, are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman. Despite common misconceptions, suppressors are not silent. They are simply mufflers for firearms. In fact, 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 looks forward to working with Rep. Burt and the CSF to get this bill passed and make New Hampshire the 38th state to legalize hunting with suppressors.  We will keep you updated as this bill progresses.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE: ASA BACKED SUPPRESSOR HUNTING BILL SCHEDULED FOR WORK SESSION

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A subcommittee of the New Hampshire House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 500 during a work session on Thursday, August 20 at 10:00 A.M. in the Legislative Office Building (LOB), Room 308. Sponsored by Rep. John Burt (R-39), the bill seeks to legalize the use of suppressors while hunting in the Granite State. Hunters are currently able to use suppressors in 37 states, although hunters in Maine cannot use them until the new law takes effect on October 15.

Suppressors, which are already legal to possess in New Hampshire, are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman. Despite common misconceptions, suppressors are not silent. They are simply mufflers for firearms. In fact, 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.

Please contact the members of the subcommittee today and urge them to support HB 500. Contact information can be found here:

Representative Joe Duarte (R-Rockingham 2) – Subcommittee Chairman
joe.duarte@leg.state.nh.us

Representative James Spillane (R-Rockingham 2)
James@JamesSpillane.org

Representative Jonathan Manley (D-Hillsborough 3)
Jonathan.Manley@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Richard McNamara (D-Hillsborough 38)
Richard.McNamara@leg.state.nh.us

Representative C. Lee Guerette (D-Hillsborough 33)
Lee.Guerette@leg.state.nh.us

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SILENCER SHOP AND SILENCERCO ADD ASA DONATION TO WEBSITE

ATLANTA, GA – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Silencer Shop and SilencerCo have both added an ASA Donation option to the checkout section of their websites. Originally launched by SilencerCo in February, 2015, Silencer Shop added the option to their website in early August.

Inspired by the popular “NRA Round-Up” program, both companies give customers the opportunity to add a voluntary donation to the ASA during the checkout process. Already, support from their customers has helped raise thousands of dollars for the non-profit association.

“It just makes sense to ask our customers to give a little,” said Josh Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo. “The things the ASA has accomplished to expand and protect our rights is incredible, but the fight is only beginning. I ask other industry partners to follow suit.”

Shortly after SilencerCo launched the donation option on their website, Silencer Shop began developing a similar platform for its customers to contribute. All of the money raised on these platforms goes directly towards funding the ASA’s efforts to advance pro-suppressor reform.

“Our advocacy efforts are directly tied to our ability to raise funds to travel, advocate for, and engage in pro-suppressor outreach efforts,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of ASA. “The level of support that we have seen from consumers who are graciously donating their hard earned cash to help fund our work has been inspiring. It is pushing us to work harder than ever. We hope that more of the industry will follow in the footsteps of SilencerCo and Silencer Shop by offering a donation option on their websites.”

Based in Austin, Texas, Silencer Shop is a nationwide dealer of firearm suppressors. To learn more about Silencer Shop, visit them online at www.SilencerShop.com. SilencerCo an industry leading manufacturer of firearm suppressors, ammunition, and accessories based in West Valley City, Utah. To learn more about SilencerCo, visit them online at www.SilencerCo.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, distribu¬tors, 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. In 2014, 11 pro suppressor laws and regulations were enacted. With your help, we can make 2015 even better. For more information on ASA memberships, please visit us at www.ASAMember.com, or www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.

 

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North Carolina: Gov. McCrory Signs Shall-Sign Bill Into Law, Takes Effect Immediately

Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed HB 562 into law.  With his signature, North Carolina became 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 guarantees 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.  The shall-sign provision has an effective date of July 1, 2015, so anyone who has forms that were submitted to CLEOs on or after July 1, and who has not yet received a sign-off, can politely contact the relevant CLEO office to make sure they are aware of the new law. North Carolina now joins the other 13 states with similar provisions, ensuring that CLEOs do not have veto power over the public’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 means law abiding citizens in North Carolina can receive a CLEO certification within a reasonable amount of time, regardless of the outcome of 41P.

We thank the Governor McCrory for signing the bill into law, as well as all the North Carolina legislators who voted in favor of HB 562.  We also thank the National Rifle Association for championing this legislation, and for their unwavering support of this issue.

As always, the American Suppressor Association will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that your suppressor rights are protected and expanded nationwide.

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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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