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For months we in the American gun enthusiast community have been waiting for Congress to act on the Hearing Protection Act, and it seems like our moment may finally be arriving.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) is renewing his efforts to pass a new bill that would deregulate the purchase of suppressors for law abiding citizens.

Today, if a gun owner wished to purchase a suppressor or a suppressed firearm there would be months (up to a year) of waiting, reams of government red tape, and an onerous $200 fee required before you ever got the chance to use your suppressor.

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As we discussed several months ago, under current law, there are quite a few restrictions on silencers, including waiting times, a $200 transfer tax, and a record of purchases kept by federal law enforcement agencies.

Duncan’s measure would not only scrap those rules, it would also refund the $200 to any U.S. consumer who’s bought a silencer over the last two years.

2nd Amendment supporters in Congress would like to end the bureaucratic mess surrounding suppressors and make it easier for law abiding citizens to purchase. Sadly, the mass shooting of Republican legislators a few months ago put a pause on the bill’s path forward, and it’s not until this week that some have begun talking about pressing the bill forward.

Duncan included the silencer provision in a broader bill, the “Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act,” or SHARE Act. There are several gun-related items in the package, which is being marked up by the Natural Resources Committee this week.

Duncan argues that silencers are used by hunters and target shooters to limit potential hearing loss from gunfire. Duncan introduced a stand-alone silencer bill, dubbed the “Hearing Protection Act,” in January. That legislation currently has 160 co-sponsors, including several Democrats.

The time has come to end the madness. Suppressors should not be more heavily regulated than the firearm that they adorn. The Democrat fear of suppressors is irrational and based solely on Hollywood  notions of what they do and how they sound. The suppressor is nothing more than an important tool in helping to safeguard the hearing of the shooter and the sanity of communities where shooting or hunting are normal activities.


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