STATE LEGISLATION

After successfully fighting to protect suppressor ownership in Virginia from 2019 to 2021, we understand that similar initiatives could take hold in other vilnerable states. In response, holding the line at the state level is the top priority for the American Suppressor Association. 

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

HB 5522 — To Authorize Hunters to use Firearms Fitted with Sound Suppressors

Rep. Doug Dubitsky (R-47)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

Illinois

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

Rep. Amy Elik (R-111)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

Maine

L.D. 635 — Removes Suppressor Hunting Permit Requirement

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: PASSED

Signed into law by Governor 6/8/2021

Massachusetts

H.D. 3853 — Legalize Suppressor Ownership

Rep. Paul Frost (R-7-Worcester)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

New York

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

Rep. Robert Ortt (R-62)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Committee

Rhode Island

SB2359 — Legalize Suppressor Ownership

Sen. Steve Archambault (D)

Sen. Frank Ciccone III (D)

Rep. Jessica de la Cruz (R)

Sen. Frank Lombardo III (D)

Sen. Elaine J. Morgan (R)

Sen. Thomas J. Paolino (R)

Sen. Gordon Rogers (R)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Held for further study 3/31/2022

Vermont

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

Del. George Till (D-3)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Combined with S. 281 – Sent to Governor

Vermont

S. 281 – Legalize Hunting with Sound Suppressors

Rep. Patrick Brennan (R-9-2)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Sent to Governor

Virginia

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

Washington

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”

Guam

Bill 73-36: Legalize Suppressor Ownership

Sen. V. Anthony Ada

Sen. Frank F. Blas, Jr.

Sen. Christopher M. Duenas

Sen. James C. Moylan

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Vetoed by Governor