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HEARING PROTECTION ACT LANGUAGE INCORPORATED INTO COMPREHENSIVE SPORTSMENS PACKAGE

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Committee on Natural Resources has scheduled a hearing for the morning of June 14, in which the Federal Lands Subcommittee will hear a discussion draft of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. The SHARE Act, which is being championed in a bipartisan manner by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chairs Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC), and Representative Gene Green (D-TX), is a comprehensive package that covers a wide range of hunting, fishing, and outdoor related issues. Included in the legislation is Title XVII, a strengthened version of the Hearing Protection Act.

Since the re-introduction of the Hearing Protection Act by Rep. Duncan and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) in January (H.R. 367S. 59) the American Suppressor Association (ASA) has met with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on multiple occasions to discuss technical amendments to the language. As a result, we were able to create several technical amendments that were incorporated into the current draft of the SHARE Act. These include:

  • Sec. 1702: Removing suppressors from the National Firearms Act, subjecting them to the same instant NICS background check as long guns, and issuing a refundable tax credit to anyone who has purchased a suppressor since the HPA’s original date of introduction
  • Sec. 1703: Ensuring that suppressors will remain legal in all 42 states where they are currently legal, after suppressors are removed from the National Firearms Act
  • Sec. 1704: Preempting states from levying taxes or registration requirements on suppressors. However, this will not make suppressors legal in any state where state law currently prohibits them.
  • Sec. 1705: Granting the ATF 365 days to destroy all suppressor related records from the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR)
  • Sec. 1706: Developing a “keystone part” definition, and requiring that such keystone part is serialized on every suppressor. This will ensure that individual suppressor parts, like pistons and endcaps, will not require serialization.
  • Sec. 1707: Imposing a 10% Pittman-Robertson excise tax on the manufacture of each new suppressor, a tax that is currently imposed on all Title I firearms

“The inclusion of the Hearing Protection Act in the sportsmen’s package highlights the commitment of the Sportsmen’s Caucus to make the hunting and recreational shooting experiences safer and more enjoyable for all,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. “We know for a fact that exposure to noise from recreational firearms is one of the leading causes of hearing loss, which is why the CDC, NIOSH, and the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) have all recommended using suppressors as a tool to mitigate the danger. We look forward to working with the Sportsmen’s Caucus to make this legislation a reality.”

Suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Currently, prospective buyers must live in one of the 42 states where they are legal, must send in an application including fingerprints and passport photos to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax, and wait for an indeterminate amount of time for the ATF to process the application. As of June, 2017, wait times are in excess of 10 months. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use. This legislation will remove suppressors from the onerous requirements of the NFA, and instead require purchasers to pass an instant NICS check, the same background check that is used during the sale of long guns. In doing so, law-abiding citizens will remain free to purchase suppressors, while prohibited persons will continue to be barred from purchasing or possessing these accessories.

To voice your support for the Hearing Protection Act, visit www.HearingProtectionAct.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 the suppressor community. 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.

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RHODE ISLAND: SUPPRESSOR BILL SCHEDULED FOR COMMITTEE HEARING

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On Tuesday, June 6th, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear
Senate Bill 399. Introduced in March by Senators Archambault, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Lombardo, Lombardi, SB 399 seeks to legalize suppressor ownership and hunting in Rhode Island. Suppressors are currently legal to own in 42 states, 40 of which allow their use while hunting. 

Although legal in 42 states, suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Currently, prospective buyers must send in a Form 4 application to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax per suppressor, undergo the same process that is required to purchase a machine gun, and wait eight to twelve months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place little to no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.

With your help, we can bring Rhode Island one step closer to becoming the 43rd state to legalize suppressors. Using the contact information below, please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and politely urge them to vote in support of SB 399. 

Sen. Erin Lynch Prata – Chairperson - sen-lynch@rilegislature.gov

Sen. Stephen R. Archambault – Vice-Chairperson - sen-archambault@rilegislature.gov

Sen. Harold M. Metts – Secretary - sen-metts@rilegislature.gov

Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne – Member -  sen-coyne@rilegislature.gov

Sen. Mark W. Gee – Member - sen-gee@rilegislature.gov

Sen. Paul V. Jabour – Member - sen-jabour@rilegislature.gov

Sen. Frank S. Lombardi – Member - sen-lombardi@rilegislature.gov

Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush – Member - sen-nesselbush@rilegislature.gov

Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis – Member - sen-raptakis@rilegislature.gov

ASA – Rhode Island SB 399 Letter of Support – Judiciary Committee – June 6, 2017

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 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.

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Although legal in 42 states, suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Currently, prospective buyers must send in a Form 4 application to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax per suppressor, undergo the same process that is required to purchase a machine gun, and wait eight to twelve months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place little to no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.

According to Dr. William W. Clark, the current Director of the Washington University School of Medicine’s Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences, “the most serious threat to hearing comes from recreational hunting or target shooting”. This is in large part due to the fact that many people choose not to use traditional hearing protection devices like earplugs and earmuffs. To explain why, multiple studies have found that between 70 to 80% of hunters never wear earplugs or earmuffs, and nearly half of all target shooters don’t consistently wear traditional hearing protection. It should come as no surprise that for every five years of hunting, you become seven percent more likely to experience high frequency hearing loss.

In a 2011 study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated, “the only potentially effective noise control method to reduce students’ or instructors’ noise exposure from gunfire is through the use of noise suppressors that can be attached to the end of the gun barrel. However, some states do not permit civilians to use suppressors on firearms.” In a similar study from 2014 on noise exposure at shooting ranges, NIOSH recommended, “if feasible and legally permissible, attach noise suppressors to firearms to reduce peak sound pressure levels.”

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.

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NEW YORK: SUPPRESSOR BILL SCHEDULED FOR COMMITTEE HEARING

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On Wednesday, June 7th, the New York Senate Environmental Conservation Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1209A. Introduced in January by Senator Robert Ortt (R, C, IP), SB 1209A seeks to legalize suppressor ownership and hunting in New York state. Suppressors are currently legal to own in 42 states, 40 of which allow their use while hunting.

Although legal in 42 states, suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Currently, prospective buyers must send in a Form 4 application to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax per suppressor, undergo the same process that is required to purchase a machine gun, and wait eight to twelve months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place little to no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.

With your help, we can bring New York one step closer to becoming the 43rd state to legalize suppressors. Using the contact information below, please contact members of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and politely urge them to vote in support of S 1209A.  

Chairman Thomas O’Mara (R,C,IP) – omara@nysenate.gov

Vice-Chair Tony Avella (D,IP) – avella@nysenate.gov 

Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D) – kaminsky@nysenate.gov

Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D) – addabbo@nysenate.gov

Sen. Richard Funke (R, C, IP) – Funke@nysenate.gov

Sen. Brad Holyman (D, WF) – hoylman@nysenate.gov

Sen. George Latimer (D) – latimer@nysenate.gov

Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle (R) – lavalle@nysenate.gov

Sen. Betty Little (R, C, IP) – little@nysenate.gov

Sen. Carl L Marcellino (R, C, IP) – marcelli@nysenate.gov

Sen. Robert G. Ortt (R, C, IP) – Ortt@nysenate.gov

Sen. Elaine Phillips (R) – ephillips@nysenate.gov

Sen. James Tedisco (R, C) – tedisco@nysenate.gov

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 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.

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Although legal in 42 states, suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Currently, prospective buyers must send in a Form 4 application to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax per suppressor, undergo the same process that is required to purchase a machine gun, and wait eight to twelve months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place little to no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.

According to Dr. William W. Clark, the current Director of the Washington University School of Medicine’s Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences, “the most serious threat to hearing comes from recreational hunting or target shooting”. This is in large part due to the fact that many people choose not to use traditional hearing protection devices like earplugs and earmuffs. To explain why, multiple studies have found that between 70 to 80% of hunters never wear earplugs or earmuffs, and nearly half of all target shooters don’t consistently wear traditional hearing protection. It should come as no surprise that for every five years of hunting, you become seven percent more likely to experience high frequency hearing loss.

In a 2011 study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated, “the only potentially effective noise control method to reduce students’ or instructors’ noise exposure from gunfire is through the use of noise suppressors that can be attached to the end of the gun barrel. However, some states do not permit civilians to use suppressors on firearms.” In a similar study from 2014 on noise exposure at shooting ranges, NIOSH recommended, “if feasible and legally permissible, attach noise suppressors to firearms to reduce peak sound pressure levels.”

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.

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ASA TO AUCTION FIVE CUSTOM SUPPRESSED GLOCK 21 PACKAGES


The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is teaming up with a group of our sponsors to raise money for the Association by auctioning off five suppressed CUSTOM Glock 21 (.45 ACP) packages. All five packages are completely identical, with one notable exception: they each include a suppressor from a different manufacturer. When the auctions finish, the suppressor manufacturer who raised the most money will be crowned the winner! As a 501(c)(6) non-profit, our ability to advocate for pro-suppressor reform like the Hearing Protection Act is made possible by generous support from people like you. Help us protect your right to protect your hearing by bidding on these amazing packages today!

These auctions include the following ($2,300+ MSRP):

  • CUSTOM Legal Manufacturing, LLC NIB Battleworn® Glock 21 (.45 ACP) with their patent-pending nickel boron plating, Lone Wolf Distributors Alpha Wolf Threaded Barrel and additional factory G21 Barrel – NIB ONE® plated, SSVi Tyr Trigger – NIB Battleworn® plated and Glock factory night sights ($1,599 MSRP)
  • .45 ACP suppressor from one of the five suppressor manufacturers ($699+ MSRP)
  • Silencer Shop Single-Shot NFA Gun Trust ($40.00 MSRP)

All proceeds of the auction will go directly towards the ASA’s fight to pass pro-suppressor reform on both the State and Federal Levels. This means that your purchase not only guarantees you a great package, but it will also help the ASA protect and expand your suppressor rights!


Legal manufacturing, LLC
 

Legal Manufacturing’s latest offering is the NIB BATTLEWORN® Mod 2 Glock® 21. The factory Glock® is modified to improve the functionality, balance and assist with weapon manipulation. The factory Glock® 21 slide is plated in Legal Manufacturing’s patent pending NIB BATTLEWORN®. The factory Glock® 21 barrel and additional Lone Wolf Alpha threaded barrel and cap are plated in a matte variant of Legal Manufacturing, LLC’s proprietary NIB ONE®. Legal Manufacturing’s nickel boron plated surfaces reduce the operating friction of the firearm due to the low static coefficient of friction without the need for lubrication. Legal Manufacturing has made the additional modifications to enhance the performance of the NIB BATTLEWORN® Mod 2 Glock® 21:

  • added forward serrations and weight reducing side and top slide cuts;
  • removed the finger grooves, reduced the pistol grip and undercut the trigger guard;
  • added a unique stippled texture to the pistol grip;
  • added a NIB BATTLEWORN® plated SSVi Tyr trigger; which was designed to be the next evolution in an EDC/duty trigger and maintains all current safeties built into the Glock Safe Action system but enhances the leverage used when actuating trigger; and
  • added Glock® factory night sights.

Legal Manufacturing, LLC NIB BATTLEWORN MOD 2 Glock 21
Legal Manufacturing, LLC NIB BATTLEWORN MOD 2 Glock 21
Legal Manufacturing, LLC NIB BATTLEWORN MOD 2 Glock 21
The NIB BATTLEWORN® MOD 2 Glock® 21 is a performance firearm that does not sacrifice Glock® factory reliability.


 Additionally, Silencer Shop is donating one of their new SINGLE-SHOT NFA trusts, 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.


A special thank you to all of our sponsors for making this auction possible! For more information on the donations and where to find them, visit:

LUNAR 45 Suppressor donated by Gemetch: www.Gemtech.com or the Gemtech Facebook Page.

OBSIDIAN Suppressor donated by Rugged Suppressors: www.RuggedSuppressors.com or the Rugged Suppressors Facebook Page.

SRD45 Suppressor donated by Sig Sauer: www.SigSauer.com or the Sig Sauer Facebook Page.

OMEGA 45K Suppressor donated by SilencerCo: www.SilencerCo.com or the SilencerCo Facebook Page.

Sidewinder-45 Suppressor donated by YHM: www.YHM.net or the YHM Facebook Page.

Original Gen 3 Glock 21 donated by B&H Police Supply: www.BHPoliceSupply.com or the B&H Police Supply Facebook Page.

Custom NIB Battleworn® finish and precision laser stippling by Legal Manufacturing: www.LegalManufacturing.com or the Legal Manufacturing, LLC Facebook Page.

Gunsmithing donated by KF Armory: www.KFArmory.com or the KF Armory Facebook Page.

Alpha Wolf Threaded Barrels donated by Lone Wolf Distributors: www.LoneWolfDist.com or the Lone Wolf Distributors Facebook Page.

SSVi Tyr Trigger donated by SSVi: www.SSVI.us or the SSVi Facebook Page.

Single Shot NFA Gun Trust donated by Silencer Shop: www.SilencerShop.com or the Silencer Shop Facebook Page.

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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 us online at www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com or on the ASA Official Facebook Page.

If you would like to support the ASA’s Hearing Protection Act (HR 367, S 59), visit our website at www.HearingProtectionAct.com to contact your legislators today!

All NFA rules apply. Buyer must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of the U.S. residing in one of the 42 states that currently allow civilian ownership of suppressors, and be legally eligible to purchase a firearm.

The American Suppressor Association is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit. However, contributions or gifts to the American Suppressor Association are not tax deductible.

 

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Desert Tech joins ASA as 2017 sponsor

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ATLANTA, GA - The American Suppressor Association is pleased to announce Desert Tech, manufacturer of compact precision rifles and suppressors, as a Tier 7 sponsor for 2017. Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Desert Tech has been providing high quality rifle and suppressor systems to the US and International customers for the past decade.

Desert Tech will be joining us at the ASA Media Day hosted prior to the NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta next week.

“Desert Tech has a passion and proven track record for supporting the protection and advancement of the rights of civilian shooters,” said Owen Miller, ASA Director of Outreach. “We are excited to have them as a part of our team as we work to pass pro-suppressor reform at the state and federal levels.”

ABOUT DESERT TECH:

Desert Tech was founded in May of 2007, the company was created to protect the freedom of the United States of America, our allies and people by providing the most compact, accurate, and reliable precision weapon systems in the world. Desert Tech strongly supports civil rights, especially the right of every individual to own firearms to protect them self, their family, and their property and the use of firearms in defense, hunting, and shooting sports.

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.

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Hudson Mfg joins ASA as Tier 4 sponsor

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ATLANTA, GA - The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce Hudson Manufacturing, makers of the revolutionary H9 pistol, as the newest sponsor of the ASA. Hudson Manufacturing joins the Association as a Tier 4 sponsor for 2017. With their contribution, they join the ranks of a growing list of sponsors leading the fight to help protect your right to protect your hearing.

For many, Hudson Mfg and the H9 pistol were the talk of SHOT Show 2017. It was there that the ASA first met the Hudson team, which is comprised of veterans, sport shooters, and industry experts with a passion for revolutionary design, and high quality manufacturing. 

“Hudson Mfg is proud to support the ASA,” said Cy Hudson, CEO of Hudson Mfg. “There is no better organization advocating for suppressor use in the United States.”

“Hudson is a bold company with incredible passion for our industry,” said Owen Miller, ASA’s Director of Outreach. “Their commitment to helping us push legislative reform shows that their drive to challenge the status quo extends beyond their product line. We’re excited to welcome them into our family of industry leaders working to advance pro-suppressor reform nationwide.”

ABOUT HUDSON MFG

Headquartered in Temple, TX, Hudson Mfg is a veteran and woman run small business producing the new and innovative Hudson H9 pistol. The flagship product, the Hudson H9, is a unique and original design combining the features and benefits of some of the most successful products in the firearms industry. Hudson Mfg is a company comprised of passionate and experienced subject matter experts from across the firearms industry. Be sure to check out www.HudsonMfg.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 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.

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United We Stand: A Factual Review of the Hearing Protection Act From the Board of the ASA

ATLANTA, GA - Our goals at the American Suppressor Association are simple: remove suppressors from the National Firearms Act through the passage of the Hearing Protection Act, and legalize suppressor ownership and use while hunting in all 50 states through our No State Left Behind campaign. While there is no shortage of media coverage on the Hearing Protection Act, it can, at times, be difficult to discern fact from fiction. Our Board of Directors, comprised of the leaders within the suppressor community who are standing up and fighting for your rights, want you to have the facts. Here is what they have to say:

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CALIFORNIA: ASA BACKED BILL TO LEGALIZE SUPPRESSORS INTRODUCED

Sacramento, CA – On Friday, February 17th, State Senator Joel Anderson (R-38) introduced Senate Bill 710, a bill which seeks to legalize suppressor ownership and their use while hunting in California. The legislation, which is backed by the American Suppressor Association (ASA), is awaiting committee referral. It currently has five additional co-authors in the Senate, and two co-authors in the Assembly.

If enacted, SB 710 will bring California in line with the 42 states that currently allow civilians to own suppressors, and the 40 states that allow hunters to use them in the field. Since 2011, three states have legalized suppressor ownership, and 18 states have legalized suppressor hunting. As part of the ASA’s No State Left Behind campaign, similar legislation has been introduced in Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont.  

“Most of the country has already come to understand the health benefits to sportsmen and sportswomen from suppressors,” said Sen. Anderson, primary author of SB 710. “They are not the silencers depicted by Hollywood, but they do protect the hearing of sportsmen and women. That is why I am carrying this bill. Every time someone triggers their firearm without a suppressor or ear protection there is permanent hearing damage – it’s not a question of if, but how much. If this were any other industry, the government would demand such protection as they did with cars and mufflers. It’s the same technology. Situational awareness is a crucial safety aspect, which is why so many hunters choose to forego wearing ear protection. Suppressors are the answer, for these reasons and many others.”

According to multiple studies, between 70 to 80 percent of hunters never wear traditional hearing protection devices like earplugs or earmuffs while hunting, largely because they want the ability to hear their surroundings. These same studies found that just over half of recreational shooters reported consistently wearing hearing protection during target practice (Stewart et al, 2011).

In a 2011 study, entitled “Noise and Lead Exposures at an Outdoor Firing Range – California”, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated, “The only potentially effective noise control method to reduce students’ or instructors’ noise exposure from gunfire is through the use of noise suppressors that can be attached to the end of the gun barrel. However, some states do not permit civilians to use suppressors on firearms.” In a similar study from 2014 on noise exposure at shooting ranges, NIOSH recommended, “If feasible and legally permissible, attach noise suppressors to firearms to reduce peak sound pressure levels.”

“Hollywood’s depiction of suppressors might be entertaining, but it has no basis in reality,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. “What is real is that hearing loss related to recreational firearm use is a widespread issue that suppressors can help fix. We applaud Senator Anderson for leading the charge to help protect the hearing of the millions of law abiding gun owners and hunters in the Golden State. We look forward to working with him to ensure that future generations of sportsmen and women in California are able to more effectively protect their hearing while at the range and in the field.”

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 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.

Although legal in 42 states, suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Currently, prospective buyers must send in a Form 4 application to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax per suppressor, undergo the same process that is required to purchase a machine gun, and wait eight to twelve months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place little to no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.

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.

 

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HEARING PROTECTION ACT REACHES 100 COSPONSORS IN HOUSE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thirty-seven days after introduction, the Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 367) reached a symbolic milestone in the House of Representatives when Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA-03) signed on as the 100th cosponsor. Introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and Rep. John Carter (TX-31), this historic piece of legislation will remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act (NFA), replacing the antiquated federal transfer process with an instantaneous NICS background check. The Senate companion bill, S. 59, which was introduced by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), currently has 7 cosponsors.

One of the reasons why the Hearing Protection Act is garnering so much support in Congress is because legislators have been hearing from their constituents. Since the HPA was originally introduced in 2015, over 135,000 emails have been sent directly to legislators from the system found at www.HearingProtectionAct.com. Although it may seem insignificant, every email that is sent and every call that is made in support of the bill is a step in the right direction. If you have not contacted your legislators in the new Congress, please do so today.

“Reaching 100 cosponsors in the House clearly shows that the HPA has a tremendous amount of support, but there is still a lot of work to be done to get it to the President’s desk,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. “We are working very hard with Representatives Duncan and Carter, and Senator Crapo to turn this legislation into law as quickly as possible; however, it’s going to take time. As we continue our push to move this bill through the legislative process, we commend the 109 legislators in the House and Senate who have signed on in support of this common sense legislation to make the recreational shooting and hunting experiences safer for generations to come.”

The Hearing Protection Act will fix the flawed federal treatment of suppressors, making it easier for hunters and sportsmen to protect their hearing in the 42 states where private suppressor ownership is currently legal, and the 40 states where hunting with a suppressor is legal. This legislation will remove suppressors from the onerous requirements of the NFA, and instead require purchasers to pass an instant NICS check, the same background check that is used during the sale of long guns. In doing so, law-abiding citizens will remain free to purchase suppressors, while prohibited persons will continue to be barred from purchasing or possessing these accessories.

Suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Currently, prospective buyers must send in a Form 4 application to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax per suppressor, undergo the same background check process that is required to purchase a machine gun, and wait months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.

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The ASA endorses Graham Hill for NRA Board

The ASA has endorsed Graham Hill for election to the NRA Board. For years, Graham has been one of the chief proponents of suppressor advocacy on both the state and federal levels within the NRA’s Board of Directors. While his words may speak loudly, his actions highlight the fact that he is invested in this fight for all of the right reasons. Chief among them: to make the shooting and hunting experiences safer for future generations to come. Graham is an incredible asset to our Association, and his reelection would strengthen the NRA’s Board tremendously. We encourage you to vote for Graham. Ballots are arriving now for NRA Board elections.

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A sampling of Graham’s many accomplishments and contributions to the shooting community.

  • Benefactor Member nominated by Nominating Committee and petition.
  •  Chairman NRA Legislative Policy Committee and Federal Affairs Subcommittee.
  • Born and raised in Texas hunting and shooting, active Texas hunter.
  •  NFA owner, AR-15 enthusiast, disabled 3-Gun & shotgun competitor, concealed carry permitted, attorney.
  •  Endorsed by: Fifty Caliber Shooters Association, Fifty Caliber Institute, New York Rifle and Pistol Association, Delaware State Sportsman’s Association, American Suppressor Association
  •  Other Activities:

Board of Directors of American Suppressor Association,

          President Fifty Caliber Institute,

          Co-founder, past President and BOD Washington Safari Club.

NRA’s Hunter Leadership Forum Blue Ribbon Committee to protect Hunting

  •  Twenty-five years’ legal experience in federal regulations and Congressional legislation, helped improved interstate firearm transportation laws and federal land access.
  •  NRA Disabled Shooting Sports Committee member. President George W. Bush appointee to National Council on Disability.
  •  Assisting NRA with developing instructor curriculum for disabled shooters, wheelchair concealed carry program, and other disability program initiatives.
  •  Co-host NRA’s National Disability Awareness Tournament. Former Vice Chairman, NRA President’s Special Advisory Committee on Disabled Shooting.
  • Life Member NYSRPA, TSRA, SCI, FCSA, DSSA Honorary Life Member.

For more information, please visit GrahamHillForNRABoard.com

 

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