Federal
Legislation

Federal Legislation

At the federal level, our goal is simple: ease the archaic restrictions on suppressors. Our work is singularly focused on the creation of a better environment for businesses and consumers alike. The current makeup of Congress will make legislative results difficult to attain. However, every circumstance breeds new opportunities. Through our work with legislators and the White House, we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to accomplish pro-suppressor reform.

Our top priority for 2020 is to streamline the NFA process and reduce transfer times. We are working to mandate that ATF process NFA applications in a predetermined time period. We are also working to fix ATF’s burdensome regulation of suppressor parts and components. Ultimately, our long-term goal is the removal of suppressors from the NFA through the passage of the Hearing Protection Act (HPA).

Our primary federal initiatives are as follows:

  • Streamline the NFA process and reduce transfer processing times
  • Legalize the exportation of suppressors to foreign commercial markets
  • Remove suppressors from the NFA by passing the HPA or similar legislation

Bill Tracking

House Bills

Senate Bills

H.R. 155 – Hearing Protection Act

Remove suppressors from the provisions of the NFA and transfer the same way as long guns.

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Subcommittee

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S. 817 – Hearing Protection Act

Remove suppressors from the provisions of the NFA and transfer the same way as long guns.

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

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H.R. 6126 – End the Normalized Delay of Suppressors Act

Require all suppressor transfers be approved in 90 days or less. Any application over 90 days is automatically approved by default. Require ATF to submit an annual report to Congress on the timeliness of background checks.

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

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H.R. 3454 – HEAR Act

Bans importation, sale, manufacture, transfer and possession of suppressors. No “grandfather” clause.

ASA Position: OPPOSE

Current Status: Referred to Subcommittee

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S. 1943 – HEAR Act

Bans importation, sale, manufacture, transfer and possession of suppressors. No “grandfather” clause.

ASA Position: OPPOSE

Current Status: Referred to Committee

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H.R. 5717 – Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act

Bans importation, sale, manufacture, transfer and possession of suppressors. No “grandfather” clause. (Same language as H.R. 3454)

ASA Position: OPPOSE

Current Status: Referred to Subcommittee

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S. 3254 – Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act

Bans importation, sale, manufacture, transfer and possession of suppressors. No “grandfather” clause. (Same language as S. 1943)

ASA Position: OPPOSE

Current Status: Introduced

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