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MINNESOTA BECOMES 40th STATE TO LEGALIZE SUPPRESSORS

This afternoon, Governor Mark Dayton signed Senate File 878 into law, officially making Minnesota the 40th state to legalize the private possession of suppressors. Effective 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.

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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MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE PASSES BIPARTISAN BILL TO LEGALIZE SUPPRESSORS

Late last night, both chambers of the Minnesota legislature voted overwhelmingly to pass Senate File 878, an Omnibus public safety finance and policy bill which includes a provision that will legalize suppressors in Minnesota.  The vote came towards the end of a legislative session that kept lawmakers at the capitol throughout the weekend.  After a great deal of debate and discussion, the Minnesota Senate passed SF 878 by a veto-proof 55-9 majority, and the House quickly followed suit, voting 116-15 to pass the bill and send it to Gov. Dayton’s desk.

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.

The American Suppressor Association thanks the National Rifle Association and Rep. Cornish for continuously supporting SF 878. We also thank Rep. Mark Anderson (R-09A), who sponsored the initial legalization bill, as well as the eight conferees who voted to support suppressors in conference committee. Finally, we would like to 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.

The American Suppressor Association is working to ensure that this bill becomes law, and we are very excited about the prospect of bringing suppressor ownership to Minnesota. However, last month, Governor Dayton cast doubt as to whether or not he would sign any legislation that would legalize suppressors. The ASA and Vista Outdoors responded by sending letters to the Governor explaining why the legalization of suppressors is in the interests of Minnesotans.

ASA Letter

Vista Outdoors Letter 

Please contact Gov. Dayton and politely urge him to sign SF 878 into law. Contact information can be found below:

http://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/

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Vermont Legislature Passes Bipartisan Bill To Legalize Suppressors

After months of education and negotiation, and a great deal of hard work on the part of Rep. Patrick Brennan (R-Chittenden), the Vermont legislature yesterday passed H. 5, a bill that would make Vermont the 40th state in the Union to recognize the right to private suppressor ownership.

As you might remember from our earlier post, Rep. Brennen successfully lobbied to have suppressor ownership language inserted into an economic development bill, S. 138, last Tuesday.  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 Friday morning.  Together Rep. Brennan and Sen. Rogers, along with Rep. David Deen (D-Westminster), spent much of Friday working 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.

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 American Suppressor Association is working hard with Rep. Brennan to ensure that this bill becomes law, and we are very excited about the prospect of bringing suppressor ownership to Vermont. However, we need your help. Although we expect Gov. Shumlin to sign H. 5 into law, we ask that you reach out to him to let him know just how important this issue is.

Please call and email Gov. Shumlin and politely ask him to support of the legalization of suppressors by signing H. 5 into law.  His contact information is available through the link provided below.

http://governor.vermont.gov/contact-us 

 

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Vermont: Suppressor Ownership Legislation Passes House – Needs Your Help

Yesterday, a bill which would legalize the private ownership of suppressors in Vermont passed the House of Representatives. Chairman David Deen (D-Windham) of the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources successfully offered an amendment to include language from Rep. Patrick Brennan’s (R-Chittenden) H. 210 in an economic development bill, S. 138. H. 210, which passed Chairman Deen’s Committee last week, seeks to end the 103 year prohibition on suppressors in the Green Mountain State. After the amendment was accepted, S. 138 passed the House by an overwhelmingly bipartisan 141 – 2 margin.

The omnibus package has now moved to the Senate, where it will be placed in a Committee of Conference. If the language is able to stay in, and the bill is able to pass, Vermont will become the 40th state to allow private ownership of suppressors.

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. 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.
  3. 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 working hard to ensure that this bill becomes law, and we are very excited about the prospect of bringing suppressor ownership to Vermont. However, we need your help. Please call and email members of the Committee of Conference and politely ask for their support of the legalization of suppressors through S. 138.

Sen. Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland): (802) 353-6770 kjmbjm@aol.com

Senator John Campbell (D-Windsor): (802) 295-6238 jcampbell@leg.state.vt.us

Senator Becca Balint (D-Windham): bbalint@leg.state.vt.us

Rep. William Botzow (D-Bennington): (802) 447-7717  bbotzow@leg.state.vt.us

Rep. Michael Marcotte (R-Orleans): (802) 334-6302 mmarcotte@leg.state.vt.us

Rep. Samuel Young (D-Orleans-Caledonia): (802) 321-0365 syoung@leg.state.vt.us

All Senators: http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/all/2016/Senate 

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Louisiana State Police to Begin Providing CLEO Certification for CHP Holders

For several months, the American Suppressor Association has been working with the Louisiana State Police (LSP) and Governor Bobby Jindal’s office to establish a statewide system in which NFA applicants in Louisiana would receive a Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) certification. Today, we received word that starting Monday, May 11th, LSP will begin providing signatures for suppressor, short barreled rifle, and short barreled shotgun ATF Form 4 applicants who possess a valid Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit.

Applicants will be asked to submit an LSP Application to verify that they possess a valid Louisiana CHP, along with their Form 4, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. According to the Louisiana State Police Website:

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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 LSP’s application process is a major step towards ensuring that law abiding citizens in Louisiana have a way to receive a CLEO certification within a reasonable amount of time, regardless of the outcome of 41P.

We thank the Louisiana State Police, and Gov. Bobby Jindal and his staff for taking this step to protect the rights of law abiding citizens in Louisiana. We also thank the National Rifle Association for their involvement and 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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MONTANA: FULL GAME SUPPRESSOR HUNTING NOW LEGAL

Yesterday, Gov. Steve Bullock signed House Bill 250, legalizing the use of suppressors for all lawful hunting in Montana, effective immediately. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kirk Wagoner (R-75), originally pertained only to the use of a suppressed firearm “when hunting wildlife not protected by state or federal law”. However, on March 27th, Gov. Bullock’s returned HB 250 to the legislature with proposed amendments that sought to expand the scope of the legislation to allow the use of a suppressor on a firearm during all lawful hunting.

In 2013, Gov. Bullock vetoed HB 205, a similar measure which sought to legalize full game suppressor hunting. Since his initial veto, the ASA has engaged the Governor’s office to educate him on the facts and merits of suppressor hunting. In a letter to Speaker Knudsen (R-34), Gov. Bullock explains why he now supports the initiative:

“It is time for Montana to join the clear majority of states that allow the use of suppressors for hunting. All of the western states do so, except for California. The public perception of suppressors as the same thing as silencers, where the assassin quietly dispatches his victim, no longer holds true. Suppressors mitigate the sound of a shot, but do not silence it.

The use of suppressors for hunting, when hunters cannot wear ear protection because they need to be aware of their surroundings, can help protect against hearing loss. This is especially true for our younger hunters, even those who are not actually hunting but are accompanying their parent in the field.

I understand the concerns regarding the risks of increased poaching and do not take this lightly, but other states have not found this to be the case.”

Gov. Bullock is correct in all of his assertions. With the enactment of this new law, there are now 35 states which allow hunters to use legally possessed suppressors in the field without restriction. Last year, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Ohio all enacted similar pro-suppressor hunting reform.

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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 would like to thank Gov. Bullock for his open-minded approach to suppressor hunting. We call on more elected officials to follow his example of taking the time to become educated on the realities of suppressors, rather than basing judgments on the myths and misconceptions that surround these accessories.

We look forward to continuing to work towards our goal of legalizing suppressor ownership and hunting in all 50 states. We would like to thank Montana for taking us all one step closer.

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MINNESOTA: SUPPRESSOR OWNERSHIP LEGISLATION PASSES HOUSE

Yesterday, ASA and NRA backed House File 1434, a bipartisan bill that would legalize suppressor ownership and hunting in Minnesota, passed a vote in the House of Representatives by a margin of 89 – 40. It will now move to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bill, which also includes suppressor hunting and “Shall Sign” provisions, would require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) in Minnesota to sign suppressor applications within 15 days of receipt, unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person.  If passed, HF 1434 would make Minnesota the 40th state to allow private ownership of suppressors, and the 36th state to allow for suppressor hunting. Similar legislation has been introduced in IllinoisIowa, and Vermont this session.

Rep. Tony Cornish (R-23B), Chairman of the House Public Safety Committee, played a crucial role in the passage of this legislation in committee. He and bill sponsor Rep. Mark Anderson (R-09A) are working hard to advance the interests of the 5.3 million Minnesotans who are currently prohibited from owning suppressors.  The American Suppressor Association is working hard to ensure that this bill becomes law, and we are very excited about the prospect of bringing suppressor ownership to Minnesotans.

A companion bill with identical text was also filed in the Senate by Sen. Paul Gazelka (R-9). Senate File 1435 is also awaiting movement in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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, the American Suppressor Association will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that your suppressor rights are protected and expanded. We will keep you updated as this pro-suppressor legislation advances.

In the meantime, please call and email members of the Senate and politely ask for their support of the legalization of suppressors through HF 1434. Also, using the contact information below, please call and email members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to take action on HF 1434 and SF 1435.  

Senate Judiciary Committee(651) 296-4842

Senator Ron Latz (DFL-46), Chair – (651) 297-8065
Email:  Email Form

Senator Barb Goodwin (DFL – 41), Vice Chair – (651) 296-4334
Email: Email Form

Senator Warren Limmer (R-34), Ranking Minority Member - (651) 296-2159
Email: sen.warren.limmer@senate.mn

Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DLF-59) - (651) 296-9246
Email: Email Form

Senator Kari Dziedzic (DFL-60) - (651) 296-7809
Email: Email Form

Senator Dan. D. Hall (R-56) - (651) 296-5975
Email: Email Form

Senator Scott J. Newman (R-18) - (651) 296-4131
Email: sen.scott.newman@senate.mn

Senator Kathy Sheran (DFL-19) - (651) 296-6153
Email: sen.kathy.sheran@senate.mn

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TEXAS: SHALL SIGN/CERTIFY LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE COMMITTEE

Earlier this week, Senate Bill 476 passed the Senate State Affairs committee by a 7-2 margin. Sponsored by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-18), this ASA, NRA, and TSRA backed bill is a pro-suppressor measure which would require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) in Texas to sign NFA applications within 15 days of receipt, unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person. On Monday, ASA President Knox Williams, and Dave Matheny, ASA Board Member and Owner of Austin based Silencer Shop, were in committee to testify in support of the bill.

SB 476 and HB 1179, the House companion bill, are part of a nation-wide effort the ASA is undertaking, with help from the NRA, to pass “Shall Sign” or “Shall Certify” legislation across the country.  This 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.

When the National Firearms Act of 1934 was signed into law, computerized background checks did not exist. At that time, the CLEO signoff was the only means by which individuals applying for a transfer of an NFA item could be vetted. Since 1934, technology has come full circle, but the now antiquated CLEO signoff requirement has remained. Many CLEOs refuse to sign NFA applications, basing their refusal on perceived liability or on purely political reasons. Shall Sign legislation fixes these issues, ensuring that law abiding citizens in the state receive their CLEO signature within a reasonable amount of time.

Already this year, Shall Sign bills have passed in 3 new states —Arkansas, North Dakota, and West Virginia – all by unanimous votes. A similar bill also passed unanimously in Tennessee, which strengthens the already existing Shall Sign law in the state. The bills in Arkansas and North Dakota have been signed into law. Once enacted, these states will join the ranks of Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah as the states with Shall Sign legislation on the books.

As always, the American Suppressor Association will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that your suppressor rights are protected and expanded. We will keep you updated as pro-suppressor legislation advances.

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IOWA: SUPPRESSOR LEGISLATION NEEDS SUPPORT

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Iowa is well on its way to becoming the 40th state to legalize suppressor ownership, despite some hiccups in the legislative process. Since we last updated you, the bill numbers have changed several times as Iowa legislators fight over specifics, but the ASA is happy to inform you that last Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 19-2 to approve Senate File 427.  This bill originated in the Senate, where it began as a stand-alone bill to legalize suppressor ownership.  It passed the Senate 46-4, before moving to the House, where it was amended to include several additional pro-Second Amendment provisions.

SF 427 is now an omnibus bill that  includes a “Shall Sign” provision, which would require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) in Iowa to sign suppressor applications within 30 days of receipt, unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person.  If passed, SF 427 would make Iowa the 40th state to allow private ownership of suppressors. Similar legislation has been introduced in IllinoisMinnesota, and Vermont this session.

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 identify, call, and email your legislators and politely urge them to support SF 427.

Find your legislator here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators

With your help, we will get this legislation to Governor Branstad’s desk and legalize suppressor ownership for 3 million Iowans.

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ARKANSAS: SHALL-SIGN BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Earlier this week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an NRA backed “Shall-Sign” bill which will ensure that all law abiding citizens of Arkansas have the ability to purchase and own suppressors. House Bill 1488, sponsored by Representative Tim Lemons (R-43), passed the House on March 12th on a unanimous 92-0 vote and the Senate 34-0 on March 23rd.  With the passage of the new law, Arkansas becomes the ninth state to pass “Shall Sign” provisions, joining Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, OhioOklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah.

HB 1488 is part of a nation-wide effort to pass “Shall Sign” or “Shall Certify” legislation across the country. This 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.

When the National Firearms Act of 1934 was signed into law, computerized background checks did not exist. At that time, the CLEO signoff was the only means by which individuals applying for a transfer of an NFA item could be vetted. Since 1934, technology has come full circle, but the now antiquated CLEO signoff requirement has remained. Many CLEOs refuse to sign NFA applications, basing their refusal on perceived liability or on purely political reasons. Shall Sign legislation fixes these issues, ensuring that law abiding citizens in the state receive their CLEO signature within a reasonable amount of time.

We thank the National Rifle Association for their hard work on this issue, Rep. Tim Lemons for sponsoring this legislation, and Gov. Hutchinson for signing vital piece of legislation.

As always, the American Suppressor Association will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that your suppressor rights are protected and expanded nationwide. We will keep you updated as pro-suppressor legislation advances.

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