Last week, the American Suppressor Association hosted our Second Annual Industry Forum in Washington, DC. Industry executives met with ATF leadership, representatives from the White House, and elected officials to press for action on modernizing the NFA process. Several of our initiatives include:

  1. Modernize the NFA transfer process, which has not been materially changed since 1934.
  2. Develop industry sound testing standards.
  3. Nominate and confirm a permanent director for the ATF.

The Forum kicked off on Wednesday, when our group traveled to the NFA Division in Martinsburg, WV to discuss our frustrations with the inefficiencies in the transfer process with ATF executive leadership. Following the trip to Martinsburg, we drove back to Washington, DC where participants were treated to a rare tour of the Smithsonian Museum’s firearms vault (sorry, no pictures were allowed).

On Thursday, we met with White House officials, briefing the Administration on the NFA process, transfer backlogs, and proposed solutions. On Thursday afternoon, forum participants conferenced with a panel of audiologists and research scientists representing academia and government to discuss the development of standardized sound testing protocols for suppressors.

On Friday, we met with 10 elected officials from around the country to make them aware of our key initiatives and ask for their support. Make no mistake, we will not stop fighting for your pro-suppressor rights until all of our work is done!

Special thanks to our Forum sponsors: Daniel Defense, Orchid Advisors, Silencer Shop, NRA-ILA, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation for making our event possible!

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