Spring is always the busiest part of the year for the American Suppressor Association because state legislatures are in session. Last week, ASA Executive Director Knox Williams traveled to Connecticut and Vermont to work on pro-suppressor legislation. Of the 42 states where suppressor ownership is legal, Connecticut and Vermont are the only two that don’t allow for the use of suppressors while hunting.
On Tuesday, April 2nd Knox attended a reception for the Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus at the Capitol in Hartford, CT. The event was widely attended by legislators, officials from the Governor’s office, and representatives from NGOs like the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL). At the event, Knox met with Rep. Doug Dubitsky (R–47), the primary sponsor of H.B. 5797 – the bill which seeks to legalize suppressor hunting in Connecticut.
On Wednesday the 3rd, Knox traveled with Brent Miller from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation to visit the headquarters of both Smith & Wesson and YHM. These Massachusetts based companies have been strong supporters of ASA for years, assisting in our efforts to legalize suppressor ownership across New England.
On Thursday, April 4th, Knox attended the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Reception in the Vermont State House. This event was also widely attended by legislators, fellow NGOs, and leaders from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. While at the event, Knox met with Rep. Patrick Brennan (R–Chittenden) and Sen. John Rodgers (D–Essex Orleans), who are the primary sponsors for H. 80 and S. 97 respectively.
ASA will continue to work with Rep. Dubitsky, Rep. Brennan, and Sen. Rodgers until we are able to advance these common-sense pro-suppressor bills across the finish line!