SIGN UP TO RECEIVE EMAIL UPDATES

 
Click here to receive email updates
 

Illinois Suppressor Legislation Passes Committee Vote

Flag_of_Illinois.svg

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Senate Bill 206 has been passed in the Judiciary Committee in a 7-5 vote. It now heads to the full Senate for a floor vote. The Judiciary Hearing was placed on the calendar at 2:11pm, to be held at 4:00pm. ASA staff rushed to Springfield to continue to work the bill and gather support. ASA urges our supporters that live in Illinois to contact their senators and respectfully request them to support and vote YES on the bill. This is happening very quickly and we will provide updates through our social media channels as information becomes available.

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

HPA is the #1 most viewed bill at Congress.gov

asa-header-logo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Hearing Protection Act (HPA) was the #1 most viewed bill at Congress.gov last week. Last week we asked, and you delivered, to make the HPA the most viewed bill. These grassroots efforts will help keep the HPA at the forefront of pro-gun legislation under the new Administration. It is only through concerted effort and continued pressure that we will be able to gain back the rights that we were stripped of over 82 years ago when suppressors were incorrectly added to the National Firearms Act.

congressnumber1

Yet another pro-suppressor article was published this week in the Free Beacon quoting ASA Executive Director Knox Williams, and ASA Board Member and SilencerCo CEO Joshua Waldron on the benefits of suppressor use. While it will be nothing new to suppressor users, each of these articles has the potential to reach and educate thousands of people that only know what they have seen in the movies before.

Last, but certainly not least, we are thrilled to have Tactical Solutions confirming their support of the ASA again for 2017. Tactical Solutions joined the ASA as a corporate sponsor at SHOT Show 2016. In addition to their fantastic line of .22LR suppressors, Tactical Solutions makes high quality .22LR firearms that make excellent suppressor hosts.

tac-sol-logo

Posted in American Suppressor Association, Educational, Legislation, NFA, Ownership, The Industry | 2 Comments

Legislative Update

asa-header-logo

ATLANTA, GA – We have a call to action for our members, fans, and followers this week. For the past two weeks H.R. 3799, The Hearing Protection Act, has been the #2 most viewed bill in Congress. We would like to see it pushed to #1. We’re asking everyone to go to this link HERE and then click on H.R. 3799 to view the bill. We would like to see it in the #1 position next week.

As the 114th Congress comes to an end, the ASA is beginning to shift our focus toward January, and the certain reintroduction of the Hearing Protection Act in both the House and the Senate. With the retirement of Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), the Representative who we worked with to introduce the Hearing Protection Act in 2015, we are currently working to finalize arrangements with the best primary sponsor available to ensure that we are able to get the HPA passed and signed into law. Although we are not yet ready to announce who our sponsor will be, we will make that announcement as soon it is appropriate. Our goal is to have the primary sponsor set and ready to introduce the Hearing Protection Act as soon as possible after the 115th Congress is sworn in on January 3rd.

Two weeks ago we announced a goal to raise $100,000 through new memberships and donations by Inauguration Day. We’re happy to announce that in just 13 days, we have raised just over $20,000. This includes 220 new members, 10 new life members, 13 dealer sponsors and three new corporate sponsors. If you haven’t joined already, please do so. Be a part of passing this historic legislation.

73340744

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

POF joins as Tier 7 sponsor for 2017

pof_logo_vector_words-copy

 

PHOENIX, AZ - The American Suppressor Association is pleased to announce that Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) has joined the ASA as a Tier 7 sponsor for 2017. POF has a strong track record of supporting the rights and freedoms of Americans and the ASA is honored to have their support. Tony Tarantino, Sales Manager for POF said, “Even with the new change in power coming to the presidency we here at POF USA believe in the cause and believe in the good work the ASA is doing.”

ABOUT PATRIOT ORDNANCE FACTORY

POF-USA is an Arizona-based small arms manufacturer known for its revolutionary concepts and radical approaches to engineering used to develop the finest piston driven AR-type rifles used by civilians and professionals worldwide. We are a market leader delivering a portfolio of regulated short-stroke gas piston operating rifles. We accept no compromise in the building of our product, known as “Patriot” designs. “PATRIOT” Designs must have Passion, Authenticity, Trustworthiness, Rebellion, Independence, Objectivity and Truth. We accept no compromise in the building of our products that are Tough, Accurate, Modular, Durable and True. For more information, visit www.pof-usa.com or call 623-561-9572.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SUPPRESSOR ASSOCIATION

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor industry. Our mission is to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distribu­tors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish our mission, our principal initiatives focus on state lobbying, federal lobbying, public education, and industry outreach.

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Where do we go from here?

asa-header-logo

 

ATLANTA, GA - The American Suppressor Association has worked tirelessly for the last five years to prepare for days like today. To be ready for the kind of landscape that is before us. We now have more work ahead of us, not less. The finish line is in sight and we need your support more than ever before to help us reach it. We are sharing a couple articles that have been written in the past 48 hours about the very real prospect of passage of the Hearing Protection Act. We aren’t there just yet. It isn’t time to let up. But we are significantly closer to that reality than we were when we started this journey five years ago. The industry has changed dramatically. Our own sub-culture within the firearms community has changed.

What is the ASA’s view for where we go next? First and foremost, continue to purchase suppressors! File applications with the NFA. The industry and that sub-culture are at this point because of the sheer demand that consumers have placed on suppressors. To let that dwindle now would send the wrong message. We need even greater demand for suppressors now to show the folly of our antiquated suppressor regulations. Secondly, continue your support of the ASA and our sponsor companies. Challenge your friends to join. Challenge dealers to join. Challenge yourself to give again in what we hope will be the final push toward making the Hearing Protection Act a reality. This is the time for us all to reaffirm our commitment to this noble cause.

“In politics, there are no certainties,” [Knox] Williams, [Executive Director of the ASA] cautioned. “That said, we are encouraged and excited about the prospect of working with the new Congress to get the Hearing Protection Act passed, and signed into law by President Trump. For 82 years, the NFA has reigned supreme. Now is time to work together to ensure that future generations no longer have to sacrifice their hearing by exercising their Second Amendment rights.” (Guns.com, November 9, 2016)

With Trump in the White House, Hearing Protection Act looks good for 2017

“The Hearing Protection Act is about one thing: giving the law abiding citizens of our country the ability to protect their hearing while exercising their right to hunt and recreationally shoot without the onerous burden that the National Firearms Act places on suppressors,” an industry spokesman told Guns.com (Photo: SilencerCo, courtesy of Guns.com)

“The Hearing Protection Act is about one thing: giving the law abiding citizens of our country the ability to protect their hearing while exercising their right to hunt and recreationally shoot without the onerous burden that the National Firearms Act places on suppressors,” an industry spokesman told Guns.com (Photo: SilencerCo, courtesy of Guns.com)

 

Five Fast Gun Reforms President Trump Will Sign Into Law

(Image courtesy of: Getty Images / BearingArms.com)

(Image courtesy of: Getty Images / BearingArms.com)

Posted in American Suppressor Association, Educational, Legislation, NRA, Ownership, The Industry, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Fall Update

asa-header-logo

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - It has been an exciting year for the ASA, and we’re not done yet. On the Federal side, our primary focus has been Rep. Salmon’s (R-AZ) Hearing Protection Act (HPA) (HR 3799). In addition to the HPA, which has 78 co-sponsors on both sides of the aisle, we also worked closely with Rep. Stewart’s (R-UT) office to introduce the Suppressor Export Act (SEA) (HR 5135). As Congress went into recess for the summer, we learned that Rep. Salmon would be retiring at the end of this session. When we were told that he would not be seeking reelection, we immediately began working with offices to identify a new sponsor for the HPA in the 115th Congress. While we aren’t ready to announce anything specific just yet, we can say that there are quite a few Representatives who are eager to put their name on the bill.

As we roll through hunting season, we are happy to see that, on the state level, suppressed hunting legislation became law in Michigan and New Hampshire. In Vermont, a sunset provision in the ownership law has also been removed, but the cherry on top was Iowa – which legalized both ownership of, and hunting with, suppressors for the citizens of the Hawkeye State. Despite these gains, there is still more work to do.

Right now, we are still actively working to legalize suppressors in Illinois this year. As part of our No State Left Behind campaign, we will not stop working until all 50 states allow their law abiding citizens to own and use suppressors in the field. Combining both ownership and hunting, we now have 10 states left to go.

Lastly, we are proud to announce that we have grown the ranks of our Association. As you may have seen in our recent press release, the ASA hired Owen Miller as our new Director of Outreach. Owen, who has been a suppressor enthusiast since before Y2K, comes to us with over a decade of experience at one of the top suppressor manufacturers.

Lastly, we also recently expanded our Board of Directors to 13 members by elected three top industry executives to the Board. These new members include Laurie Aronson, CEO of Lipsey’s, Brad Johnson, CEO of United Sporting Companies and Crosman Corporation, and Graham Hill, CEO of Ice Miller Strategies. Their experience and expertise has strengthened our ability to protect and expand pro-suppressor reform across the country.

Posted in American Suppressor Association, Educational, Export, Hunting, Hunting, Legislation, NFA, Ownership, Suppressors Are Legal, The Industry, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

ASA HIRES OWEN MILLER AS DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH

asa-header-logo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Owen Miller as the ASA’s new Director of Outreach. In this position, he will be responsible for a host of initiatives for the organization as they relate to interaction with the Association’s membership base. This includes responsibility for member engagement, outreach, and retention; new member recruitment; customer service; and compliance inquiries from members. He will begin work immediately.

“We’ve known for quite some time that in order to grow the Association we would need someone focusing on our members fulltime,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the ASA. “Owen was an ideal candidate for this position and we know that he’s the right guy to get the job done. Not only is he personable and professional, he also brings a decade of knowledge from his time in the suppressor industry to the table. We are incredibly thrilled to have him join our team. Simply put, there is no other person that we would rather have serving as the face of our Association to our membership base than Owen.”

With over 10 years of experience at Gemtech World-Class Silencers, Miller is no stranger to the suppressor industry. In his previous position, his responsibilities ranged from sales to customer service to compliance. Miller has also served on the Board of Directors for other non-profit organizations, assisting with training, leadership and fundraising efforts. His skills in those fields will be an asset to the ASA.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to take my passion for suppressors, and my experience from a decade at one of the premier suppressor companies, and utilize those skills to support the entire industry,” said Miller. “I am looking forward to working with our members to make sure their voice is heard through the ASA, and to effect positive change for other suppressor enthusiasts like myself. Knox Williams, and the ASA have done an incredible job of advancing suppressor legislation at the state and national levels since its inception, and I look forward to making sure our membership and the industry as a whole are engaged with the Association moving forward.”

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SUPPRESSOR ASSOCIATION 

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor industry. Our mission is to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distribu­tors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish our mission, our principal initiatives focus on state lobbying, federal lobbying, public education, and industry outreach.

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

Posted in American Suppressor Association, The Industry | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

ASA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS THREE NEW MEMBERS

asa-header-logo

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SUPPRESSOR ASSOCIATION 

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor industry. Our mission is to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distribu­tors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish our mission, our principal initiatives focus on state lobbying, federal lobbying, public education, and industry outreach.

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

 

Posted in American Suppressor Association, The Industry | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ASA Speaks at GOAL Dinner in Massachusetts

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

GOAL Speech_081516

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

No State Left Behind

Posted in American Suppressor Association, Legislation, Ownership, Silencers are Legal, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SUPPRESSOR ASSOCIATION 

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor industry. Our mission is to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distribu­tors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish our mission, our principal initiatives focus on state lobbying, federal lobbying, public education, and industry research.

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


 

Posted in American Suppressor Association, NFA, Suppressors Are Legal | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment