Suppressor Deregulation Bill Introduced

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has introduced S. 202, the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act of 2019. The legislation would eliminate federal regulation of suppressors. Suppressors are currently legal for possession in 42 states and legal for hunting 40 states. However, the devices are treated like a firearm under the 1934 National Firearms Act. Suppressors not only make public ranges less noisy for neighbors, they also reduce firearms’ reports to levels that don’t cause instant and permanent hearing loss, making recreational shooting and hunting easier to learn and more accurate. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), James Risch (R-Idaho), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) all co-sponsored the legislation. Learn more about the history, specifications, and benefits of firearms suppressors with the NSSF Infographic “Hear the Truth about Suppressors” at nssf.org/media/infographics.

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