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Tired of Suppressor Tax Stamps? The Hearing Protection Act Needs Your Help!

By The ITS Crew

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House Resolution 3799, known as the Hearing Protection Act, was introduced into Congress in Late 2015. It’s the culmination of 4 years of lobbying by the American Suppressor Association to remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act. With the bill now in committee, there’s still time to make your voice heard and help the Hearing Protection Act become a reality.

Current Suppressor Laws

Currently, firearms owners that wish to purchase a suppressor must apply for and be granted a $200 tax stamp issued for NFA firearms. The sponsor of this bill, Matt Salmon and his Co-Sponsors are proposing that suppressors are invaluable to private citizens and the shooting sports community for the hearing safe operation of firearms.

If the bill passes, suppressors would be still be subject to the NICS background checks utilized when purchasing a firearm, but citizens would be able to purchase them without the lengthy and complicated registration process through the NFA. In addition to the removal from the NFA, any firearms owners that filed for a suppressor through the NFA since October of last year, will be provided a refund of that tax.

The Silencer Myth

Suppressors have unfortunately fallen victim to Hollywood stereotypes and anti-gun proponents argue that the elimination from the NFA registry would enable criminals to commit silent shootings. The reality is that while most suppressors offer a considerable noise reduction, the decibel rating on most suppressed weapons ranges from 120 to 140 decibels. To put this in perspective, a running chain saw operates at around 120 decibels.

The main goal of the Hearing Protection Act is for Congress to recognize that suppressors have a important use in shooting sports and hunting communities. With the lowered decibel rating from a suppressor and the use of quality, sub-sonic ammunition, firearms owners can use their guns at a more hearing safe level.

What You Can Do

As with all legislation, the best thing you can do is make your voice heard. Contacting your representatives and letting them know that you want them to support this bill, is a big step in the legislative process. The American Suppressor Association has created a site that allows you to enter your information and automatically contact your representatives with all of the information necessary on this bill.

We strongly urge you to send your representatives a message and share this information to help overturn the loopholes created for suppressor ownership.

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Discussion

83 comments
Octurian
Octurian

Dare to dream, but somehow I doubt this would enable those of us living in the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia to use them.  Even with an NFA Trust, I had to leave mine in NC when we transferred here.

DennisCurtin
DennisCurtin

I truly hope that if this does happen and the Can companies are able to increase their customer base that the prices fall at least 60%.  Honestly there is a whole lot less to a can than a scope yet cans are 3 &4 times the price.

Ben Terwellen
Ben Terwellen

also want to see constitutional carry, paying the fee for the tax stamp is silly.......

John Owens
John Owens

Done, although my senate and congress election won't be decided until next month, there will be letters waiting in their inbox.

James Russell
James Russell

Silencers don't kill people, people kill people. This accessorie has not been proven to increase crimes in any way. Crimes are not resolved because a shot was heard. Crimes are resolved by eye witnesses and investigative action. The whole wait 9 months deal is dumb. Would love to see this get through. Thinking it will too.

Robbie CaptMilkbone Baxter
Robbie CaptMilkbone Baxter

So how will that work with the home made ones that you could build and file forms for? If the tax stamp go's away that's great but so should nics. Do I need a check for better grips or a blinding flash light? If it becomes a non nfa tax item why keep nics?

Josh Aston
Josh Aston

They would become Title I firearms instead of Title II. You could build them yourself, the NICS check would only cone into play if you bought from a dealer.

John Owens
John Owens

They would be the same as building an AR-15 from an 80% lower. Nics would only apply to buying from a dealer.

Alan Olinzock
Alan Olinzock

Good start, but I say repeal all of NFA/1986/1989/922r

HoldingII
HoldingII

Every one needs push hard for repeal of the Hughes amendment during this four years.

Heath A Williamson
Heath A Williamson

Hell why a background check for an accessory? I want to fire up the lathe and mill at work and get to machining!!!!

Josh Aston
Josh Aston

You could, it would be treated like a Title 1 firearm. If you build your own you wouldn't need anything.

Charles Miller
Charles Miller

Build your own sounds good..people have been doing it for generations etc

John Owens
John Owens

You would be able to build hem yourself all day long, it will be like building off of 80% lowers. I'm cool with them being treated the same as any other gun when buying from a dealer.

Chad Clanton
Chad Clanton

That would be nice. They're so relaxing.

Ron Brooks
Ron Brooks

Will we be able to get them in California? Or is that a pipe dream?

Jim B
Jim B

My understanding is that even if the Feds removed them from the NFA the states could still regulate\ban them. So basically if you live in California or the northeast you're screwed.

Josh Sabanovich
Josh Sabanovich

But hey maybe a red house, senate and president will push for Jefferson. Take away 55 electoral votes down to 45-48. And nor cal will be a free state.

Joshua Vell
Joshua Vell

you guys voted for hillary therefore you actually have to pay triple

Josh Aston
Josh Aston

SEC. 4. PREEMPTION OF CERTAIN STATE LAWS IN RELATION TO FIREARM SILENCERS. Section 927 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: “Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, a law of a State or a political subdivision of a State that, as a condition of lawfully making, transferring, using, possessing, or transporting a firearm silencer in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, imposes a tax on any such conduct, or a marking, recordkeeping or registration requirement with respect to the firearm silencer, shall have no force or effect.”

John Owens
John Owens

It's going to be up to the states to legalize them, might be screwed In California

Michael Malton
Michael Malton

I have not heard of one crime being committed with a suppressor being used!

Kurt Joseph
Kurt Joseph

I do seem to remember some random article about a suppressed nagant revolver be used in a hit, thought that was interesting. Where it was at escapes me, though

Matthew Katz
Matthew Katz

It was passed out of media fear. Too many were afraid of spies running around shooting everyone James Bond style... It's amazing how Hollywood fantasy can affect our reality..

Jeff Winter
Jeff Winter

Suppressors weren't put into the NFA because of James Bond. The NFA came into effect in the '30s. Suppressors were added because of how tough times were in the depression. It made it difficult to poach deer to feed families. I'm sure the gangsters from the roaring twenties also had something to do with it also.

John Owens
John Owens

Matthew Katz actually it was passed in 1934 to keep people like John Dillinger from having Tommy guns, and to keep poachers at bay during the Great Depression.

John Owens
John Owens

Silencers are the first step, I see SBRs being next up.

Alan Olinzock
Alan Olinzock

Limitations on SBR's and SBS's are discriminatory against body types and the physical abilities of some Americans.

RaymondSmith1
RaymondSmith1

it sure would be nice if Oregon can pass this bill 

Jason Jefferson
Jason Jefferson

Leo Amilkavich Bill Rockey Paul Smith Chris Hagerich Troy Christman Allan Bingeman Jason W Bryant Zadok Leggett Matthew Lefever John Beck Todd Macentee. Please take a second to go to this link and send the email to our representatives. It literally takes less than a minute and could make a huge difference. Tag any friends u have that might help too!

Keith Smith
Keith Smith

That would be a bill your state would have to pass.

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