ASA Statement on Texas Silencer Legislation – HB 957

On June 15th, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed HB 957 into law, which purports to disallow the enforcement of federal firearms law as applied to silencers or suppressors manufactured in Texas without the use of any parts imported from other states, and that remain within the borders of Texas.  The American Suppressor Association is deeply grateful to the Texas Legislature and Gov. Abbott for their support of suppressor rights.  However, we feel that it is important to note that, even after this law goes into effect on September 1, 2021, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will continue to enforce federal laws with respect to these silencers and suppressors, which ATF insists still require registration under the National Firearms Act.  This means that possession of an unregistered suppressor or silencer, even one manufactured in Texas, could lead to federal criminal prosecution.

ASA strongly supports many provisions of HB 957, especially Section 2 of the bill, which removes the state provision for criminal possession of a silencer.  ASA also strongly supports the willingness of the Texas Legislature and Gov. Abbott to stand up for suppressor rights.  That said, we consider it critical that our members know that possession of unregistered silencers or suppressors in Texas can still lead to federal criminal prosecution. There has already been at least one high-profile case in Kansas in which individuals have been prosecuted, convicted, and their convictions upheld on appeal for possessing unregistered suppressors while they claimed protection under a similar state law.

 

About The American Suppressor Association

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor community. We exist for one reason and one reason only: to fight for pro-suppressor reform nationwide.

The ability of the American Suppressor Association to fight for pro-suppressor reform is tied directly to our ability to fundraise. Since the ASA’s formation in 2011, 3 states have legalized suppressor ownership and 18 states have legalized suppressor hunting. Much of this would not have happened without your support. For more information on how you can join us in the fight to help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, visit www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.

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