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 three years, the ASA has worked to ensure and expedite the passage of pro-suppressor reform across the country. We will continue to work until all of our objectives are complete.
The suppressor market is one of the fastest growing segments of the firearms industry. This is in large part due to educational efforts which address the common myths and misconceptions that surround suppressors. One of our principal initiatives is to raise public awareness about the benefits and merits of suppressors through a comprehensive public awareness campaign.
There are currently 42 states in which civilians are allowed to purchase and possess suppressors. The ASA will not stop working until all 50 states legalize suppressor ownership. As of now, there are 8 states to go. Learn how you can make a difference.
We will continue to work with legislators and state wildlife agencies to legalize the use of suppressors in the field for hunters across the nation. There are currently 2 states where suppressors are legal to own, but are not legal for game hunting. Learn more about the laws in your state.
Shall Sign legislation refers to measures which would require a Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) to sign NFA applications within a prescribed period of time, unless the applicant is found to be 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 on purely political reasons. Shall Sign legislation fixes these issues, ensuring that law abiding citizens in the state receive their CLEO signature within a reasonable amount of time.
There are more than 45,000 Form 4 Applications in backlog at the NFA Branch. This represents over $9 million in tax revenue. With only 25 full time examiners manually approving forms, transferees are experiencing 4 to 9 month wait times. We are working with the NFA Branch to help speed the process in any ways that we can. Our end goal is to see instantaneous approval at the point of purchase.
The ASA is a sponsorship and membership driven organization. Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, dealer, or suppressor owner, our strength comes from our members. Learn more about becoming an ASA member and start supporting the cause today.
Since the creation of Ancient Greek mythology the owl has been revered as a symbol of wisdom and skill. For Greek soldiers, an owl flying overhead was a sure sign of victory. His silent, perceptive nature and nocturnal vision make him one of the most respected and powerful predators of the sky. The American Suppressor Association is the learning institution for suppressor owners to gain and share knowledge, hone their skills and develop the owl’s same ability for expert precision and silent observation.