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ASA Announces SureFire as 2017 Sponsor

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ATLANTA, GA - The American Suppressor Association is pleased to announce that SureFire, LLC has joined the ASA as a Tier 4 sponsor for 2017.  The ASA is honored to have their support in our efforts to expand suppressor rights.

“It’s great to have an industry leader like Surefire join the Association,” stated Owen Miller, Director of Outreach. “It shows their steadfast commitment towards advancing pro-suppressor reform across the country.”

SureFire is a leader in the suppressor industry, supplying sound suppressors to US SOCOM, military units and law enforcement agencies around the world and civilian shooters across the US.

ABOUT SUREFIRE

Located in Fountain Valley, California, SureFire, LLC is the leading manufacturer of high performance flashlights, weapon-mounted lights, and other tactical equipment for those who go in harm’s way, or anyone who demands the ultimate in quality, innovation, and performance. SureFire illumination tools are used by more SWAT teams and elite special operations groups than any other brand. SureFire is an ISO 9001:2000-certified 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, 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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ASA ANNOUNCES REINTRODUCTION OF HEARING PROTECTION ACT: A BILL TO REMOVE SUPPRESSORS FROM THE NFA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the reintroduction of the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) by Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and Rep. John Carter (TX-31). This historic piece of legislation, which was originally introduced by Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) in the 114th Congress, 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 HPA also includes a provision to refund the $200 transfer tax to applicants who purchase a suppressor after October 22, 2015, which was the original date of introduction.

“The American Suppressor Association believes that citizens should not have to pay a tax to protect their hearing while exercising their Second Amendment rights,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the ASA. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to work with Representatives Duncan and Carter, who have reintroduced the Hearing Protection Act in this new Congress. Although we recognize that introducing this bill is the first step in what will be a lengthy process to change federal law, we look forward to working on the Duncan-Carter bill, alongside the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the NRA to advance and ultimately enact this common-sense legislation.”

Also known as silencers, suppressors are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman. Despite common Hollywood-based misconceptions, the laws of physics dictate that no suppressor will ever be able to render gunfire silent. Suppressors are simply mufflers for firearms, which function by trapping the expanding gasses at the muzzle, allowing them to slowly cool in a controlled environment. On average, suppressors reduce the noise of a gunshot by 20 – 35 decibels (dB), roughly the same sound reduction as earplugs or earmuffs. In addition to hearing protection, suppressors also mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting lands.

Unfortunately, suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. The NFA regulates the transfer and possession of certain types of firearms and devices, including suppressors. 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.

The Duncan-Carter 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.

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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2016: A Year In Review

Dear Friends,

As 2016 draws to an end, we would like to thank you for your support and steadfast commitment towards advancing pro-suppressor reform across the country. As an organization that serves the interests of you, our members, it has been our pleasure to lead the fight for suppressors on both the State and Federal levels. 2016 brought many significant accomplishments, including the legalization of suppressors in Iowa, and the legalization of suppressor hunting in Michigan and New Hampshire. As we approach the New Year, we do so with excitement in anticipation of the many great things to come. With your help, 2017 will quietly go down in history as the year of the suppressor.

Here is a recap of 2016, and a preview of our agenda for the upcoming year:

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STATE REFORM

At the state level, through our No State Left Behind campaign, the American Suppressor Association will continue to focus our legislative efforts on two simple initiatives: (1) legalizing private suppressor ownership in all 50 states; and (2) expanding the ability of sportsmen and women to use suppressors while hunting in all 50 states.To meet our objective, we are working to introduce and pass pro-suppressor reform in every state where private ownership and suppressor hunting are currently prohibited.

We had our first campaign victory in 2016 on February 11th, when Michigan became the 38th state to legalize hunting with suppressors following a 4-1 vote by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. This was an initiative that we worked on for much of 2015 alongside our partners at the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF).

Following our victory in Michigan, Iowa became the 42nd state to legalize suppressor ownership and the 39th to legalize hunting with a suppressor when Gov. Terry Branstad signed House File 2279 into law on March 31st. The legalization of suppressor ownership was a tremendous victory for citizens of the Hawkeye State. It was an effort three years in the making, which would not have happened without collaboration between ourselves, the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC), the NRA, and the thousands of Iowans who supported the legislation.

On May 28th, Governor Shumlin (D) of Vermont signed H. 570 into law, which, among other things, removed the two year sunset provision that was included in the original bill legalizing suppressor ownership in the state. This makes suppressor ownership in Vermont a permanent fixture. However, Vermont is one of two states remaining where suppressor ownership is legal but hunting with a suppressor is not. Expect for that to change in 2017!

The victories in New England kept coming, as on June 10th, following three years of work by an ASA led coalition, New Hampshire became the 40th state to legalize suppressor hunting. Not only was the bill signed by Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), it also passed their State Senate unanimously, highlighting the bipartisan nature of this issue. With the legalization of suppressor hunting in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Vermont are now the only states where ownership is legal but hunting is not. The ASA is working on legislation to legalize hunting in both remaining states.

In Illinois, SB206, the bill to legalize suppressor ownership, is still alive and moving. SB 206 passed out of committee in late November, but has not yet received a vote on the Senate floor. There is still a possibility that it could be voted on during the “lame-duck” session on January 9th and 10th. We are doing everything that we can to ensure that it receives the vote it deserves. Rest assured that we will communicate any major developments, and that we will be reintroducing the bill in early 2017 should it not pass the Senate in the current session.

In Massachusetts, the legislation to legalize suppressor ownership passed the first of two relevant committees, but was stalled and died in the second. Nonetheless, the passage of the bill by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security marked the first time in history that pro-suppressor reform has had any positive movement in the Bay State. We would like to thank the Gun Owner’s Action League (GOAL), and ASA sponsors YHM and Sig Sauer, for their support in advancing this legislation. We stand ready to work with them to reintroduce and pass this important legislation in Massachusetts next year!

As for the remaining states, the ASA is working with partner organizations to introduce legislation to legalize suppressor ownership and hunting in Delaware, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. We have also hosted a legislative demonstration in California, and have drafted language for a bill to legalize suppressors in the state. We are working with our lobbyist in California to introduce the bill by early February.

To our friends who cannot yet own or use suppressors, do not lose hope. Even though it may seem like a long shot in some of these states, we refuse to give up until we have accomplished our goal of legalizing suppressor ownership and hunting in all 50 states. No State Left Behind means no state will be left behind.

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FEDERAL REFORM

On the Federal level, the ASA is focused on three primary issues:

  • Remove suppressors from the NFA by passing the Hearing Protection Act
  • Legalize the exportation of suppressors to foreign commercial markets
  • Protect the hearing of our servicemen and women by making every firearm in the military’s arsenal suppressor ready

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 HEARING PROTECTION ACT

Since the election, the Hearing Protection Act of 2015 (HPA) (H.R.3799) has become one of the most popular pieces of legislation in the country. The intent of the HPA is to remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act (NFA), and instead require purchasers to pass an instant NICS check, the same background check that is used during the sale of long guns. The bill also includes a provision to give a tax credit for the $200 transfer tax to applicants who purchase their suppressor after October 22, 2015.

At the end of the 114th Congress, the Hearing Protection Act of 2015 has officially retired, along with its original sponsor, Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona. The bill, which ultimately had 82 bipartisan cosponsors, will be back very soon in the next Congress. For months, the ASA has been hard at work, along with the CSF and the NRA, laying the foundation to reintroduce the bill as the Hearing Protection Act of 2017.

Over 70,000 letters of support for the HPA were sent to legislators in 2016, each of which did their part to help educate lawmakers on the merits of suppressors. Once the HPA is reintroduced in January, we will once again need your help contacting lawmakers on the new legislation. Be sure to keep an eye out for correspondence containing our plan of action for members and supporters.  In the meantime, we encourage you to continue purchasing suppressors and keep funding the industry so that we can make the final push to get this historic legislation across the finish line.

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SUPPRESSOR EXPORT ACT

On April 29th, Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT) introduced the Suppressor Export Act of 2016 (H.R. 5135), which would require the State Department to allow the exportation of American made suppressors for commercial use to friendly foreign nations that currently allow civilian ownership of suppressors. Rep. Stewart’s Suppressor Export Act will give American manufacturers the opportunity to compete in established foreign marketplaces for the first time. When enacted, this common-sense legislation will create new manufacturing jobs within the fastest growing segment of the American firearms industry. The ASA will continue working to move this legislation forward in 2017. In addition, we will work with the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to petition the Trump Administration to complete the President’s Export Control Reform, a measure that would move sporting firearms and accessories from the jurisdiction of the State Department to the less restrictive purview of the Commerce Department where firearms like sporting shotguns are currently regulated.

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The implementation of ATF Rule 41F brought a significant change to NFA paperwork by adding background check requirements for all trustees during the transfer process. This was certainly not a perfect, or welcomed change to the process, but the implementation of 41F did bring an end to the onerous Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) signature process, which was used by many jurisdictions as a de-facto ban on NFA ownership.

MILITARY SOLICITATION

Hunters and warfighters have one thing in common: they don’t like wearing earplugs. Their rationale is simple; traditional hearing protection devices hinder their ability to hear their surroundings. In the field, it can mean the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful hunt. In combat, it can mean the difference between life and death.

We send our warfighters overseas with earplugs that we know they’re not going to use, and act surprised when they return with hearing related injuries. In reality, it should come as no surprise that tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss are the VA’s top two disability claims, conservatively costing taxpayers over two billion dollars annually. Every year, that number grows. We understand that small arms fire isn’t the only injury inducing noise source on the battlefield, but it is by far the most frequently encountered. Suppressors are the only tool that will mitigate any such noise at the source, greatly reducing the risk for permanent injury, while simultaneously preserving our warfighters auditory situational awareness in an engagement.

For this reason, we believe that every firearm in our military’s arsenal should be suppressed. We owe it to our warfighters to do everything that we can to make sure that they return home safely without any permanent injuries. In regards to hearing, we have failed them thus far. From a monetary standpoint, we have a fiduciary responsibility to our taxpayers to be good stewards of their money. The initial cost to outfit our warfighters with suppressors will be far less that the long term cost of treating their injuries for life.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Like any association, we are only as strong as our members. Simply put, the more people we have involved, the more effective we will be. This year, our overall membership has grown nearly 70%, making us a much more formidable political force going in to the new year. We are humbled by the significant growth in our membership base, and hope to continue the upward trend by doubling the number of members involved in the ASA in 2017. This is where we need your help.

If you would like to see more pro-suppressor gains next year, please encourage your friends, fellow shooters, and suppressor dealers to join and lend their voice to our organization. The more individuals and businesses we have involved, the higher the likelihood of passing the Hearing Protection Act will be. We currently have 104 dealer members across the country. By the end of 2017, we would like to have 300 dealers actively involved, and over 500 dealers by the end of 2018. If your favorite Class III dealer is not yet an ASA dealer member, we encourage you to reach out to them and ask them to join. Let them know that you will support the businesses that support your rights!

FUNDRAISING UPDATE

Following the election, the ASA set a bold goal to raise $100,000 through new memberships and donations by Inauguration Day. This money will go directly toward our lobbying efforts, helping to keep our staff on the road to work the issues in the upcoming legislative session. At the time of this article, we have raised just over $35,000, roughly one third of our goal. With nearly one month to go before inauguration, we still have $65,000 to raise to meet our goal. With your help, we will get there!

MICHAEL WILLIAMS DEPARTS ASA

On December 15th, Michael Williams, General Counsel of the ASA, accepted a position with the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee’s legal team. Michael has been an instrumental part of our association for over two years, successfully lobbying on both the State and Federal levels. Perhaps his most noteworthy achievement during his tenure with the ASA was serving as the lead author of the text of the Hearing Protection Act, which took nearly 6 months of back and forth with Congressional Legislative Counsel to finalize. While Michael leaves big shoes to fill at the ASA, we support him wholeheartedly, and wish him well in his new endeavor.

THANK YOU SPONSORS!

Lastly, we would like to take a moment to thank all of our sponsors. These are the companies that are helping win the fight for your right to shoot suppressed. We would like to again recognize our sponsors in 2016: AAC, AR15.com, Barrett, Blackhawk!, Dakota Silencer DRD Tactical, GemtechLiberty SuppressorsLipsey’s, Magpul, Orchid Advisors, Ruger, RSR Group, Sig Sauer, Tactical Solutions, Thunder Beast Arms CorporationTNVC, and United Sporting Companies / Ellett Brothers. We would also like to acknowledge those sponsors that are new or have recommitted to supporting the ASA for 2017: AcuSport, Backup Tactical, B&H Police SupplyCGS Group, Daniel DefenseDRD Tactical, Legal ManufacturingPOF-USA, SilencerCo, Silencer Shop, Tactical Solutions, Vortex Optics, and YHM

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Backup Tactical joins as Tier 7 sponsor for 2017

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BOCA RATON, FL - The American Suppressor Association is excited to announce our newest sponsor, Backup Tactical. They have joined the ASA as a Tier 7 sponsor for 2017. The folks at Backup Tactical contacted the ASA and wanted to get involved in a meaningful way to support the association’s work on the Hearing Protection Act. As a manufacturer of thread protectors for suppressed firearms, their sponsorship of the association was a natural fit.

ABOUT BACKUP TACTICAL: Backup Tactical is a manufacturer of custom thread protectors. They provide unique thread protectors for suppressor ready firearms in a number of styles, finishes and popular thread pitches. Machined out of aluminum alloy, the thread protectors are softer than the host barrel material, making them an inexpensive sacrificial part that will protect the threads against inadvertent drops, dings, dirt, and grime while reducing the risk or accidental cross threading that can damage an expensive barrel.

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Illinois Suppressor Legislation Passes Committee Vote

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Legislative Update

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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.

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POF joins as Tier 7 sponsor for 2017

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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.

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Where do we go from here?

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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

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Fall Update

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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.

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