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A subcommittee of the New Hampshire House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 500 during a work session on Thursday, August 20 at 10:00 A.M. in the Legislative Office Building (LOB), Room 308. Sponsored by Rep. John Burt (R-39), the bill seeks to legalize the use of suppressors while hunting in the Granite State. Hunters are currently able to use suppressors in 37 states, although hunters in Maine cannot use them until the new law takes effect on October 15.

Suppressors, which are already legal to possess in New Hampshire, are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman. Despite common misconceptions, suppressors are not silent. They are simply mufflers for firearms. In fact, there are many benefits to using a suppressor, including:

  1. HEARING PROTECTION: Noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the most common afflictions for recreational shooters and hunters. Everyone knows that gunfire is loud, but very few people understand the repercussions that shooting can have on their hearing until it’s too late. Suppressors reduce the noise of a gunshot by an average of 20 – 35 dB, which is roughly the same as earplugs or earmuffs. By decreasing the overall sound signature, suppressors help to preserve the hearing of recreational shooters, hunters, and hunting dogs around the world.
  2. SAFER HUNTING: Most hunters do not wear hearing protection in the field because they want to hear their surroundings. The trouble is, exposure to even a single unsuppressed gunshot can, and often does, lead to permanent hearing damage. Suppressors allow hunters to maintain full situational awareness, while still protecting their hearing. The result is a safer hunting experience for the hunter, and for those nearby.
  3. NOISE COMPLAINTS: As urban developments advance into rural areas, shooting ranges and hunting preserves across the country are being closed due to noise complaints. Although it can still be heard, suppressed gunfire helps mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting land.
  4. ACCURACY: Suppressors reduce recoil, and help decrease muzzle flinch. These benefits lead to improved accuracy, better shot placement, and more humane hunts.

Please contact the members of the subcommittee today and urge them to support HB 500. Contact information can be found here:

Representative Joe Duarte (R-Rockingham 2) – Subcommittee Chairman

Representative James Spillane (R-Rockingham 2)

Representative Jonathan Manley (D-Hillsborough 3)

Representative Richard McNamara (D-Hillsborough 38)

Representative C. Lee Guerette (D-Hillsborough 33)