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ALABAMA: SUPPRESSOR HUNTING NOW LEGAL

On October 1st, hunting with suppressors became legal in Alabama. The measure, which was passed unanimously by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Board on May 3rd, removed the prohibition on the use of suppressors while hunting all game and non-game animals in the state. The amended regulation, §220-2-.02 (1)(e), eliminated the language barring the use of “silenced firearms”. It now reads:

 

“It shall be unlawful to possess fully automatic firearms while hunting any species of wildlife.”

 

This change marks a major step in the right direction for hunters across the country who wish to protect their hearing. With the enactment of the new regulation, Alabama has become the 34th state to allow hunters to use legally possessed suppressors in the field. Earlier this year, Georgia and Louisiana also legalized the use of suppressors by hunters. Of the 34 states, only Montana and Florida restrict their use to certain types of animals and/or firearms. For a full map of suppressor legalities, visit the ASA’s website.

The ASA would like to thank everyone who worked on the issue, including the members of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) who raised the issue at the March 1st Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) meeting. We would also like to thank all of the members of the CAB for their unanimous support, as well as everyone who took the time to contact the members of the CAB in support of this measure.

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

 

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LOUISIANA: SUPPRESSOR HUNTING LAWS TAKE EFFECT

Today, Louisiana House Bill 186 and Senate Bill 212 took effect. The duplicative bills, which were introduced by Rep. Cameron Henry (R-82) and Sen. Rick Ward III (R-17), were signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) at the end of May. Supported by the ASA, NRA-ILA, and Louisiana Shooting Association (LSA), the measures have extended the purview of suppressor hunting to all game animals in the state. The new laws mark a major step in the right direction for hunters across the country who wish to protect their hearing.

Louisiana joins Georgia as the second state in 2014 to enact suppressor hunting for all game animals. A similar measure is set to take effect in Alabama in October, despite previous assurances that it would take effect in mid-June. Unlike Georgia and Alabama, prior to the passage of the new law, Louisiana statute allowed for the use of suppressors while hunting non-game animals. Currently, of the 32 states in which suppressor hunting is legal, Montana is the only state which restricts their use to non-game animals. For a full map, visit the ASA’s website.

The American Suppressor Association would like to thank Gov. Jindal for signing HB 186 and SB 212 into law, as well as Rep. Henry and Sen. Ward for sponsoring the bills. We would also like to thank everyone who took the time to contact their legislators in support of these measures. In addition, we would like to thank the NRA-ILA, LSA, Lipsey’s, and Red Jacket Firearms for having gone above and beyond in support of this legislation. Without everyone’s support, this would not have been feasible.

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

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(L-R) Knox Williams, ASA, Joe Meaux, Red Jacket Firearms, State Sen. Rick Ward (R-Port Allen), Travis Glover, Lipsey’s, Wade Duty, Precision Firearms

Rep. Henry Dinner Photo

(L-R) Barret Kendrick, Bearco Training, Brannon LeBoeuf, NOLATAC Firearms Training, Jay Hunt, LSA Treasurer, Clayton Bourne, Attorney-at-law, Tara Mica, NRA-ILA Louisiana State Liaison, State Rep. Cameron Henry (R-82), Dan Zelenka, LSA President, Blake Miguez, USPSA Grand Master, Daniel Plunkett, LSA Director, Knox Williams, ASA Executive Director, Derek Howard, Big Boy Armament

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Arizona and Kentucky: shall sign LEGISLATION now in EFFECT

In recent weeks, Shall Sign legislation has gone into effect in Kentucky and Arizona. These states now join Kansas and Utah as the first four states in 2014 to enact Shall Sign requirements. On November 1, Oklahoma will become the fifth.

On July 15, Kentucky House Bill 128 took effect. Signed by Gov. Steve Beshear (D) on April 11, the omnibus bill includes a Shall Sign provision which will require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) in the state to sign NFA applications within 15 days, unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person.

In Arizona, House Bill 2535 went into effect on July 24. Signed by Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on April 23, the new law requires CLEOs in the state to sign NFA applications within 60 days, so long as the applicant is not a prohibited person.

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 even purely political reasons.

Shall Sign legislation fixes these issues, ensuring that law abiding citizens within the state receive their CLEO signature within a reasonable amount of time.

We would like to thank Gov. Beshear, and Gov. Brewer for signing these bills into law. We would also like to thank the National Rifle Association for having gone above and beyond in support of these initiatives. Finally, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to contact their legislators in support of the issue. Without everyone’s of the support, none of this would have been feasible.

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GEORGIA & KANSAS: PRO-SUPPRESSOR LEGISLATION TAKES EFFECT

On July 1, pro-suppressor legislation in Georgia and Kansas went into effect.

NRA and ASA backed House Bill 60, the most comprehensive gun bill to ever pass in the state of Georgia, included a provision which allows the use of sound suppressors while hunting. With the enactment of the new law, Georgia became the 32nd state in which civilians can use suppressors while hunting. For a full map of hunting and ownership legalities, visit the ASA’s website.

Kansas House Bill 2578, also went into effect. Signed by Gov. Brownback on April 23, the omnibus bill includes a “Shall Sign” provision which will require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) in the state to sign NFA applications within 15 days, unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person.

The ASA would like to thank everyone who took the time to support these measures. We will continue to work towards our goal of legalizing suppressor ownership and hunting in all 50 states.

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D-Day

70 years ago today, Allied forces executed the largest seaborne invasion in history. Known as Operation Overlord, it served as one of the turning points in the war, contributing to the Allied victory over the Nazis. Today, we remember their courage and honor their sacrifices. Never Forget.

“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.”

–Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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LOUISIANA: SUPPRESSOR HUNTING BILL SIGNED INTO LAW – EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1

Yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) signed ASA and NRA backed House Bill 186 into law. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Cameron Henry (R-82), will legalize suppressor hunting for all game animals in the state, effective August 1, 2014. The new law marks a major step in the right direction for hunters across the country who wish to protect their hearing.

When HB 186 takes effect, Louisiana will join Georgia and Alabama as the third state in 2014 to legalize suppressor hunting for all game animals. A similar measure is in progress in Ohio. Unlike Georgia and Alabama, prior to the passage of the new law, Louisiana statute allowed for the use of suppressors while hunting non-game animals. By August 1, of the 33 states in which suppressor hunting will be legal, Montana will be the only state which restricts their use to non-game animals. For a full map, visit the ASA’s website.

The American Suppressor Association would like to thank Gov. Jindal for signing HB 186 into law, as well as Rep. Henry for sponsoring the bill. We would also like to thank everyone who took the time to contact their legislators in support of both HB 186 and SB 212, a similar measure which was sponsored by Sen. Rick Ward, III (R-17). In addition, we would like to thank the National Rifle Association, Lipsey’s, and Red Jacket Firearms for having gone above and beyond in support of this legislation. Without all of the support, this would not have been feasible.

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

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ATF UPDATES FINAL ACTION DATE FOR 41P

Last Fall, the Obama Administration issued an executive action that seeks to amend the transfer of NFA firearms. Known as ATF 41P, it was published in the Federal Register on September 9 and granted a 90 day comment period. In all, over 9,500 comments were submitted to the Federal Register. Of those, around 1,000 were disqualified for vulgarity, anonymity, or non-applicability. Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of comments were in opposition to the proposed CLEO signoff requirement. The ASA comment can be viewed here: ASA Comment

The standard timeframe for a final ruling is generally six months after the close of the comment period. However, because of the overwhelming amount of comments submitted, we were told by ATF that the final ruling would likely not be issued until early 2015, because each qualified comment must be responded to by the ATF in writing. This was recently confirmed by an update in the latest publication of the Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda.

After the final ruling is issued, there are generally 60 days before implementation. Until the ruling is released, we will not know if forms that are already in the transfer process will be exempt from the proposed requirements. However, if history is an example, it is likely that all forms received by the ATF prior to the implementation of the final regulation will be exempt.

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LOUISIANA: SUPPRESSOR HUNTING BILL PASSES LEGISLATURE, GOES TO GOVERNOR

Earlier today, the Louisiana State Legislature voted to pass two ASA and NRA backed suppressor hunting bills which seek to legalize suppressor hunting for all game animals in the state. Under current statute, suppressor use is only permitted while hunting non-game animals.

The Senate began by unanimously passing House Bill 186 via a 35-0 vote. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Cameron Henry (R-82), passed the House by an 82-15 margin on April 2. It will now head to the Governor’s desk.

The Louisiana House of Representatives then passed  Senate Bill 212 by a final tally of 85-3. The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Rick Ward, III (R-17), passed the Senate on March 26 with a unanimous 35-0 vote. During the vote, 22 Senators signed on to co-author the bill. On April 29, SB 212 passed the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment unanimously, with amendments.  Because it was amended, it will now go back to the Senate for final concurrence.

If either bill is signed into law, Louisiana will become the third state this year to legalize suppressor hunting for all game animals. Of the 39 states in which suppressor ownership is legal, there are currently 31 states which allow hunters to use legally possessed suppressors in the field. In late June, Alabama will become the 32nd, and on July 1, Georgia will become the 33rd. Of the 33 states, only Louisiana and Montana restrict their use to non-game animals. For a full map, visit the ASA’s website.

The ASA met with Gov. Jindal at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, and were personally assured us that he will sign full suppressor hunting legislation into law.

Nonetheless, please contact Gov. Jindal and urge him to sign HB 186 and/or SB 212. Contact information can be found below:

http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor 



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OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE OVERRIDES SHALL SIGN LEGISLATION VETO

Yesterday, the Oklahoma State Senate voted 39-0 to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of House Bill 2461. The vote comes eight days after the House voted 86-3 to do the same. Since the override has passed both legislative chambers, with overwhelming bipartisan support, HB 2461 has been enacted into law. It will take effect on November 1, 2014. With the successful override, Oklahoma becomes the fifth state to enact shall sign legislation this year.

The new law, which was one of 15 House bills that the governor vetoed on April 28, will require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) in Oklahoma to sign NFA applications within 15 days of receipt, unless the applicant was found to be a prohibited person. Prior to the surprise veto, HB 2461 passed the House by a 92-1 margin, and the Senate with a unanimous 46-0 vote.

During a press conference, Fallin explained her veto by stating, “I’ve used my executive power, my executive authority to set aside ‘minor issues’ so that we can have more time to deal with major issues here at the Capitol and hopefully get the attention to get those things done.”

The veto override sends a clear message to Gov. Fallin that flippant dismissals of widely supported pro-gun legislation will not be tolerated. The Second Amendment is not a ‘minor issue’, and should not be treated as such. Both the House and the Senate did their part to protect the rights of all Oklahomans, and should be applauded for their actions.

The ASA would like to thank the NRA for their hard work and steadfast support of this initiative. We would also like to thank state Senator Nathan Dahm (R-33), Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman (R-12),Senator Mike Schulz (R-38), state Representative Mike Turner (R-82) and House Speaker Jeffrey Hickman (R-58) for their leadership and support of the Second Amendment in Oklahoma.  Without their tenacity and leadership, enactment of HB 2461 would not have been possible this year.

 

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ASA CHANGES NAME TO AMERICAN SUPPRESSOR ASSOCIATION

The American Silencer Association is pleased to announce that we have changed our name to the American Suppressor Association. We feel that this is a necessary step to portray our industry in the most accurate light while advocating and educating the public on behalf of the suppressor industry.

The core mission of the ASA is to educate the public on the merits of suppressors. To do so, we must first dispel the widespread notion that firearm suppressors can silence their host gun. To those familiar with suppressors, the difference between the two terms is largely semantics. After all, Hiram Percy Maxim, the man who invented the first commercial suppressor, called his products silencers. However, to the millions of Americans whose only exposure to suppressors has been through Hollywood, the term ‘silencer’ takes on a literal meaning.

Anyone who has ever used a suppressor knows that although they do reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm, they are incapable of ‘silencing’ anything. Even the most effective suppressors on the smallest and quietest calibers reduce the peak sound level of the gunshot to that of a chainsaw or a hammer drill (110-115 dB). For most centerfire rifle and pistol calibers, suppressors can only reduce the peak sound level to that of a snare drum at a rock concert, or a jet engine at takeoff (130-140 dB).

It is for these reasons that we have decided to change our name. You can visit us online at www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com. All previous  American Silencer Association URLs and email addresses will still remain active.

We thank you for your support, and look forward to a bright future under the new American Suppressor Association banner.

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