This morning, the New Hampshire House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee voted 11-5 to concur with a minor amendment made to Rep. John Burt’s (R-Hillsborough) HB 500 by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The changes removed the “Findings” section from the original language, but did not alter the functionality of the legislation. From here, the bill will now move to the House floor for a final concurrence vote on May 11th before heading to Governor Hassan’s desk.
While this vote represents a major step forward towards making New Hampshire the 40th state to legalize suppressor hunting, we still need your help. Please reach out to Gov. Hassan and politely urge her to sign HB 500 into law when it reaches her desk. With your help, the sportsmen and women of New Hampshire will soon be able to use suppressors to protect their hearing while hunting in the Granite State.
There are many benefits to using a suppressor, including:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ACCURACY: Suppressors reduce recoil, and help decrease muzzle flinch. These benefits lead to improved accuracy, better shot placement, and more humane hunts.
The American Suppressor Association is grateful for the support of our members. Rest assured, the ASA will maintain focus on our No State Left Behind campaign until suppressors are fully legal in all 50 states.