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SILENCER SHOP BECOMES TIER ONE SPONSOR OF ASA

AUSTIN, TX – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Silencer Shop is the newest Tier One Sponsor of the ASA. With their contribution, Silencer Shop joins the ranks of SilencerCo and AcuSport as one of ASA’s three Tier One Sponsors for 2015.

In January, Dave Matheny, owner of Silencer Shop, was elected as a new member to the ASA Board of Directors. Matheny has over 20 years of experience as a software engineer. After two failed attempts to purchase a suppressor, he formed Silencer Shop with the primary goal of simplifying the buying process for consumers. Silencer Shop has since become the largest suppressor dealer in the country by maintaining a steady focus on providing excellent customer service and great prices, as well as constant improvements to internal efficiencies and processes.

“Since joining the American Suppressor Association, Silencer Shop has already become a major player in suppressor advocacy,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of ASA. “Their technological background makes them a unique ally in our fight to advance suppressor rights across the country. Utilizing their expertise, our association will become much more streamlined and effective in our efforts. We look forward to working with Dave and his team, as we continue to push pro-suppressor legislation on both the State and Federal levels.”

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.

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. In 2014, 11 pro suppressor laws and regulations were enacted. With your help, we can make 2015 even better. 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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NEW HAMPSHIRE: ASA BACKED SUPPRESSOR HUNTING BILL SCHEDULED FOR PUBLIC HEARING

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The New Hampshire House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 500 on Tuesday, February 17 at 10:15 A.M. in LOB 305. 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 35 states.

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.

There are many benefits to using a suppressor, including:

  1. HEARING PROTECTION: 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. HUNTING: Most hunters do not wear not wear hearing protection in the field because they want to hear their surroundings. Suppressors allow hunters to maintain full situational awareness while still protecting their hearing. The result is a safer hunting experience.
  3. 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 New Hampshire House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee today and urge them to support HB 500. Contact information can be found here:

House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee:

Representative David Kidder, Chairman (R-Merrimack 5)
david.kidder@leg.state.nh.us

Representative James Webb, Vice Chairman (R-Rockingham 6)
james.webb@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Elisabeth Sanders (R-Rockingham 12)
elisabeth.sanders@leg.state.nh.us

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

Representative Guy Comtois (R-Belknap 7)
gcomtois2010@gmail.com

Representative Carlos Gonzalez (R-Hillsborough 45)
cegonzalezj@comcast.net

Representative Shem Kellogg (R-Rockingham 14)
shem.kellogg@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Robert Knowles (R-Strafford 12)
RKnowles@metrocast.net

Representative Shari LeBreche (R-Belknap 6)
shari.lebreche@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Douglas Long (R-Merrimack 4)
longbroscon@mcttelecom.com

Representative Harold Parker (R-Carroll 6)
hbpcd6@gmail.com

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

Representative Kenneth Ward (D-Strafford 21)
ken.ward@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Benjamin Baroody (D-Hillsborough 43)
ben.baroody@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Armand Forest (D-Hillsborough 18)
Armand.Forest@leg.state.nh.us

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

Representative Ted Rokas (D-Hillsborough 12)
Ted.Rokas@leg.state.nh.us

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

Representative Ivy Vann (D-Hillsborough 24)
Ivy.Vann@leg.state.nh.us

 

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SILENCERCO RETURNS AS TIER ONE SPONSOR OF ASA

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that SilencerCo, an industry leading manufacturer of firearm suppressors, ammunition, and accessories, will be returning as a Tier One Sponsor of the American Suppressor Association for 2015.

In 2014, SilencerCo was one of four Tier One Sponsors, along with AcuSport, Daniel Defense, and Remington/Advanced Armament Corp. Recognizing the need for an industry association, Josh Waldron, CEO of Silencerco, became one of the founding members of ASA. He has served on the ASA’s Board of Directors since 2011.

“SilencerCo is the only company that has been continuously involved with the American Suppressor Association since we formed in 2011,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of ASA. “In addition to their monetary contributions, SilencerCo is one of the most active companies within our association. Their innovative spirit, and commitment to reforming suppressor laws and regulations across the country has set them apart as one of the leading companies within the suppressor industry.”

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 corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Knox Williams at info@AmericanSuppressorAssociation.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.

ASA is a membership driven organization. For more information on how you can help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, please visit www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.

 

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TEXAS: SHALL SIGN/CERTIFY LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Earlier this week, Rep. Charlie Geren (R-99) introduced ASA and NRA backed House Bill 1179, 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. Known as “Shall Sign” or “Shall Certify” legislation, 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.

Shall Sign legislation is currently advancing in states across the country. On January 28, the North Dakota Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 2274, and on February 4, the West Virginia Senate passed Senate Bill 284. If these bills become law, Texas, North Dakota, and West Virginia will join the ranks of Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah as the states with Shall Sign legislation on the books.

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.

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.

ASA is a membership driven organization. We now offer a 1 year ASA Membership with an NFA Gun Trust for $100. For more information on how you can help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, please visit store.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.

 

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ASA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS TWO NEW MEMBERS

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The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the election of Dave Matheny, owner of Silencer Shop, and Tom Collins, CEO of Gemtech Inc., as the newest members of the ASA Board of Directors. Also confirmed for new terms were incumbents Josh Waldron, CEO of Silencerco, and Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. All will serve three year terms, expiring in 2018.

Dave Matheny has over 20 years of experience as a software engineer. After two failed attempts to purchase a suppressor, Matheny formed Silencer Shop with the primary goal of simplifying the buying process for consumers. Silencer Shop has become one of the largest suppressor dealers in the country by maintaining a steady focus on providing excellent customer service and great prices, as well as constant improvements to internal efficiencies and processes.

Tom Collins became the CEO of Gemtech in April, 2012. Gemtech is a leading designer and manufacturer of suppressors for military, law enforcement and retail markets. Prior to joining Gemtech, Collins served as the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Operations of Esurg Inc., a medical supply company. Before that, he was the Chief Technology Officer for Egghead.com, a leading internet retailer. He also has 22 years of service in the military’s elite airborne units, with over 16 years in Special Forces.

Josh Waldron is the CEO of Silencerco, a Utah based company that he helped found in 2008. Silencerco designs and manufactures industry leading firearm suppressors and accessories, including the Salvo 12 shotgun suppressor. Recognizing the need for an industry association, Waldron became one of the founding members of ASA, and has served on the Board since 2011.

“As one of our founding members, Josh has had a tremendous impact on our growth and development as an organization. Without his support, ASA would not be where it is today,” said ASA President Knox Williams. “The additional experience and expertise that Dave and Tom bring to the table will be a tremendous asset in our fight to reform suppressor laws and regulations across the country. We look forward to having them involved.”

Knox Williams is the President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. Williams was an integral component of the formation of the ASA in September, 2011. Prior to the development of the ASA, Williams was the Special Projects coordinator at Advanced Armament Corporation, a suppressor manufacturer and subsidiary of Remington Arms Company.

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.

ASA is a membership driven organization. For more information on how you can help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, please visit www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.

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OHIO: PRO-SUPPRESSOR LEGISLATION PASSED, HEADING TO GOVERNOR

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This afternoon, the Ohio House of Representatives voted to pass ASA backed House Bill 234 by a 69 – 16 margin. The bill, which was amended in the Senate Civil Justice committee, passed the Senate by a 24 – 6 vote on December 9. It is now headed to Governor Kasich for his signature.

Sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-23) and Rep. John Becker (R-65), the bill was originally drafted to repeal the prohibition on the use of legally possessed suppressors while hunting in Ohio. Lawmakers have consolidated a number of pro-gun amendments into the bill, including a “Shall Sign/Certify” provision which will require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) to process NFA applications in the same manner as CHL licenses. Once the law goes into effect, CLEOs will be required to sign applications unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person.

If signed into law, Ohio will become the eighth state to enact “Shall Sign/Certify” legislation, joining Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Utah as the sixth state to do so this year.  Ohio will also become the 34th state to allow hunters to use legally possessed suppressors in the field for all game animals. Earlier this year, Alabama, FloridaGeorgia and Louisiana all enacted similar pro-suppressor hunting reform.

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The primary role of a suppressor is to reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm to hearing safe levels. Contrary to popular belief, they do not “silence” or eliminate the noise of a gunshot. Rather, they trap the expanding gasses at the muzzle of a firearm and allow them to slowly cool, in a similar fashion to car mufflers. Their muffling capabilities intrinsically make them a hearing protection device for both the shooter and those around them.

We thank the National Rifle Association, Buckeye Firearms Association, and sportsmen and women who have continuously supported HB 234. We also thank Rep. Grossman and Rep. Becker for sponsoring the initial legislation, and Chairman Bill Coley, Sen. Larry Obhof, Sen. Joe Uecker, and President Keith Faber for their steadfast support. Finally, we would like to thank Speaker Batchelder and the other 68 members of the House who voted for concurrence.

Please contact Gov. Kasich and politely urge him to sign HB 234 into law. Contact information can be found below:

Address:  Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117

Phone: (614) 466-3555

Email Form: http://www.governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor.aspx

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OHIO: SUPPRESSOR HUNTING LEGISLATION ADVANCES

Earlier today, the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee voted by an 8 – 2 margin to pass House Bill 234. The bill, which was amended in committee, was then moved to the Senate floor, where it passed 24 – 6. It is now headed to the House for concurrence. If passed without amendments, HB 234 will then advance to Governor Kasich.

Sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-23) and Rep. John Becker (R-65), the bill was originally drafted to repeal the prohibition on the use of legally possessed suppressors while hunting in Ohio. Lawmakers have consolidated a number of pro-gun amendments into the bill, including a “Shall Sign/Certify” provision which will require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) to process NFA applications in the same manner as CHL licenses. A signature will be required unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person.

The legalization of suppressor hunting has widespread support among hunters and sportsmen in Ohio who want to be able to preserve their hearing while in the field. The primary role of a suppressor is to reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm to hearing safe levels. Contrary to popular belief, they do not “silence” or eliminate the noise of a gunshot. Rather, they trap the expanding gasses at the muzzle of a firearm and allow them to slowly cool, in a similar fashion to car mufflers. Their muffling capabilities intrinsically make them a hearing protection device for both the shooter and those around them.

We thank the NRA, Buckeye Firearms Association, and sportsmen and women who have supported HB 234. We also thank Rep. Grossman and Rep. Becker for sponsoring the initial legislation, and Chairman Bill Coley, Sen. Larry Obhof, Sen. Joe Uecker, and President Keith Faber for their steadfast support.

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OHIO: SUPPRESSOR HUNTING LEGISLATION NEEDS SUPPORT

The Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee is expected to vote on House Bill 234 on Tuesday, December 9th. Sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-23) and Rep. John Becker (R-65), the bill was originally drafted to repeal the prohibition on the use of legally possessed suppressors while hunting in Ohio. Lawmakers are currently working to consolidate a number of pro-gun amendments into the bill.

Suppressors are legal to own in 39 states, and are legal to hunt with in 34. Ohio is currently one of only five states in which the possession of suppressors by civilians is legal, but their use by hunters is not. If passed, Ohio will become the fifth state in 2014 to legalize their use while hunting all game and non-game animals.

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The legalization of suppressor hunting has widespread support among hunters and sportsmen in Ohio who want to be able to preserve their hearing while in the field. The primary role of a suppressor is to reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm to hearing safe levels. Contrary to popular belief, they do not “silence” or eliminate the noise of a gunshot. Rather, they trap the expanding gasses at the muzzle of a firearm and allow them to slowly cool, in a similar fashion to car mufflers. Their muffling capabilities intrinsically make them a hearing protection device for both the shooter and those around them.

In order to pass, HB 234 needs your help!

Please contact members of the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee IMMEDIATELY and urge them to support House Bill 234. Contact information can be found here:

Senator Bill Coley (R – Chair): http://www.ohiosenate.gov/coley/contact

Senator Larry Obhof (R – Vice-Chair): http://www.ohiosenate.gov/obhof/contact

Senator Michael Skindell (D): http://www.ohiosenate.gov/skindell/contact

Senator Kevin Bacon (R): http://www.ohiosenate.gov/uecker/contact

Senator Edna Brown (D): http://www.ohiosenate.gov/brown/contact

Senator John Eklund (R): http://www.ohiosenate.gov/eklund/contact

Senator Eric Kearney (D): http://www.ohiosenate.gov/kearney/contact

Senator Scott Oelslager (R): http://www.ohiosenate.gov/oelslager/contact

Senator Bill Seitz (R): http://www.ohiosenate.gov/seitz/contact

Senator Joe Uecker (R): http://www.ohiosenate.gov/uecker/contact

 

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FLORIDA: HUNTING WITH SUPPRESSORS LEGAL EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to repeal the 57 year old prohibition on the use of firearm suppressors for taking deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail, and crows. Following the passage of the new regulation, the Commission then voted unanimously to authorize an Executive Order to allow the measure to take effect immediately. Minutes later, Executive Order # EO 14-32 was signed, making hunting with suppressors for all animals in the state legal, effective immediately.

The new regulation amends 68A-12.002 General Methods of Taking Game; Prohibitions by striking “silencer equipped” from the language.

 

Proposed Amendment to 68A-12.002 Now Enacted

With the enactment of the new regulation, Florida becomes the 33rd state to allow hunters to use legally possessed suppressors in the field for all game animals. Earlier this year, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana all enacted similar pro-suppressor hunting reform. Of the 34 states in which suppressor hunting is legal, Montana is now the only state which restricts their use to certain types of animals. For a full map of suppressor legalities, visit the ASA’s website.

ASA would like to thank everyone who worked on the issue, including the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, and the National Rifle Association. We would also like to thank the Commissioners of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for their unanimous support, and to their Executive Director for signing Executive Order # 14-32. Most importantly, we would like to thank all of the sportsmen and women in Florida who took the time to support this initiative. Because of your efforts, hunting in Florida has become a safer and more enjoyable experience.

The American Suppressor Association looks forward to continuing to work towards our goal of legalizing suppressor ownership and hunting in all 50 states. We would like to thank Florida for taking us all one step closer.

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FLORIDA: SUPPRESSOR HUNTING NEEDS YOUR HELP

On Friday, November 21, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is scheduled to conduct a final vote on whether or not they will repeal the prohibition on the use of firearm suppressors for taking deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail, and crows. The draft rule, which was initially included in the Consent Agenda for consideration on Thursday, November 20, was delayed due to a flurry of anti-gun media coverage.

The proposed amendment is comprised of a single strikethrough which would lift the 57 year old ban on hunting game animals with suppressors in Florida.

 

 

Although the measure is limited in scope, it has widespread support among hunters and sportsmen in the state who want to be able to preserve their hearing while in the field. The primary role of a suppressor is to reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm to hearing safe levels. Contrary to popular belief, they do not “silence” or eliminate the noise of a gunshot. Instead, they trap the expanding gasses at the muzzle of a firearm and allow them to slowly cool, in a similar fashion to car mufflers.

Even the most effective suppressors on the market on the smallest and quietest calibers reduce the peak sound level of the gunshot to around 110-120 dB. To put that in perspective, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), that is as loud as a jackhammer (110 dB) or an ambulance siren (120 dB). To our knowledge, no one has ever accused a jackhammer of being silent.

When considering hunting caliber firearms, which average between 155-185 dB, the best suppressors only reduce the peak sound level to around 130-140 dB. While this is a tremendous reduction in noise level, it is still as loud as a jet engine at takeoff (140 dB).

It is time for Florida to join the 32 other states which currently allow the use of suppressors while hunting all game animals. This year, similar pro-suppressor hunting reform has been enacted in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana. On September 10, FWC voted unanimously to advance the regulation to a final vote. Let’s help make sure they vote unanimously to pass it.

Please contact members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission IMMEDIATELY and politely urge them to legalize full game suppressor hunting in Florida.

Contact the Commissioners here: http://myfwc.com/contact/fwc-staff/senior-staff/contact-commissioners/

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