STATE LEGISLATION

After successfully fighting to protect suppressor ownership in Virginia from 2019 to 2021 and again in 2023, and a ban on suppressors in New Mexico in 2023, we understand that similar initiatives could take hold in other vulnerable states. In response, holding the line at the state level is a 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, threaded barrels, or host-firearms
  • Private ownership (eight states currently banned)
  • Use of suppressors for hunting (nine states currently banned)
  • Litigation to challenge the constitutionality of state-level bans on suppressor ownership

Bill Tracking 2024

Colorado

H.B. 24-1292 — Assault Weapons Ban

Rep. Tim Hern√°ndez (D-4)
Rep. Elisabeth Epps (D-6)
Rep. Julie Gonzales (D-34)

ASA Position: OPPOSE

Current Status: Tabled for 2024 Session

Massachusetts

H.1496 — Legalize suppressor possession

Rep. Paul K. Frost (R-7)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee  

Massachusetts

S.1560 — Amend suppressor language to match Federal law

Rep. Tim Hern√°ndez (D-4)
Rep. Elisabeth Epps (D-6)
Rep. Julie Gonzales (D-34)

ASA Position: NEUTRAL

Current Status: House concurrence of Senate Bill

New Mexico

S.B. 90 — Imposes excise tax on firearms & ammunition

Sen. Linda M. Lopez (D-11)

ASA Position: OPPOSE

Current Status: Action Postponed Indefinitely  

New Mexico

H.B. 114 ‚ÄĒ Firearm industry liability

Rep. Christine Chandler (D-43)

ASA Position: OPPOSE

Current Status: Action Postponed Indefinitely  

New Mexico

H.B. 79 ‚ÄĒ Deduction of excise tax on firearms & ammunition

John Block (R-51)
Stefani Lord (R-22)
Tanya Mirabal Moya (R-7)

ASA Position: SUPPORT

Current Status: Action Postponed Indefintely  

New Mexico

H.B. 129 ‚ÄĒ Waiting period

Rep. Andrea Romero (D-46) Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-15) Cristina Parajon (D-25) Linda M. Lopez (D-11) Joseph Cervantes (D-31)

ASA Position: OPPOSE

Current Status: NRA & ASA successfully removed suppressors from waiting period. Signed by Governor 3/4/24.