State
Legislation

The American Suppressor Association anticipates that multiple states will attempt to ban suppressors in 2021. In response, holding the line at the state level is ASA’s top priority.

We have also set an aggressive agenda, called the No State Left Behind campaign, to pursue legislation in every state that does not currently allow for suppressor ownership or their use while hunting. We believe that every law-abiding citizen in America should be able to use suppressors to help protect their hearing, and will not stop until we have reached our goal.

Serving as subject matter experts, our primary state-level initiatives are as follows:

  • Defend against state level attempts to ban suppressors
  • Private ownership (eight states currently banned)
  • Use of suppressors for hunting (ten states currently banned)

Bill Tracking

Connecticut

Illinois

H.B. 5522 – To Authorize Hunters to use Firearms Fitted with Sound Suppressors

Rep. Doug Dubitsky (R-47)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

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H.B. 1891 – Removes the prohibition on the use of a silencer (Ownership & Hunting)

Rep. Amy Elik (R-111)

Rep. Andrew S. Chesney (R-89)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

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Maine

Massachusetts

L.D. 635 – Removes Suppressor Hunting Permit Requirement

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

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H.D. 3853 – Legalize Suppressor Ownership

Rep. Paul Frost (R-7-Worcester)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

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New York

Rhode Island

S. 3196 – Removes Prohibition on Suppressors (Possession & Hunting)

Sen. Robert Ortt (R-62)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

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S. 0517 – Legalize possession of suppressors

Sen. Steve Archambault (D)

Sen. Frank Ciccone III (D)

Sen. Jessica de la Cruz (R)

Sen. Frank Lombardo III (D)

Sen. Lou Raptakis (D)

Sen. Gordon Rogers (R)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Committee Hearing (virtual) scheduled for 4/12/2021

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Vermont

Vermont

H. 5 – An Act Relating to Hearing Protection While Hunting

Rep. George Till (D-3)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

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TBD – Legalize Hunting with Sound Suppressors

Rep. Patrick Brennan (R-9-2)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

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Virginia

Washington

H.B. 961 – Prohibits Possession of Suppressors

Del. Mark Levine (D-45)

Del. Dan Helmer (D-40)

ASA Position: OPPOSE

Current Status: Died In Committee

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H.B. 1054 – Defines suppressors as “Military Equipment” and prohibits use by law enforcement

Multiple

ASA Position: NEUTRAL

Current Status: Amended to remove “silencers” from the definition of “Military Equipment”

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Guam

Bill No. 73-36 – Hearing Protection Act of 2021

Sen. V. Anthony Ada

Sen. Frank F. Blas, Jr.

Sen. Christopher M. Duenas

Sen. James C. Moylan

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

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