First off, I guess I should say suppressors because, like many of you know, the Hollywood notion that a silencer for a firearm makes it whisper quiet is a fallacy. Or to take a term from my fellow 2nd Amendment advocate Colion Noir, a silencer does not make a gun go “pew pew.” #pewpewlife
All that a suppressor does is bring the noise of a firearm from a decibel that damages hearing to just under the limit of where damage may occur.
So it’s not a silencer of noise but a suppressor of it. And not to a degree that anyone would think someone was NOT firing a gun. To those of you who this information is new to I regret ruining every action moving with an assassination scene in it where the assassin pew pew’s the guy surrounded by people and no one is the wiser. That’s crap. At best, instead of hearing the bullet 10 blocks away they may only hear it 5 blocks away. That is not the sound of silence.
To illustrate my point check out the short video below that shows a suppressed and non suppressed 9mm pistol being shot. While the noise from the rounds fired through the suppressor is greatly reduced, it is not in fact a ninja like silencer.
So why am I bringing all this up?
Well, after gun controls 82 year battle to promote hearing loss in America, the National Firearms Act of 1934 might be getting a makeover thanks to a bill that was introduced last year and has languished under an Obama administration hell bent on infringing upon the 2nd Amendment whenever he has the opportunity.
U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz introduced the Hearing Protection Act and has bipartisan support with 78 co-sponsors that cover 34 states.
The bill itself is plain simple to read and takes all of a minute to fully digest. Here is the bill in its entirety:
H. R. 3799
To provide that silencers be treated the same as long guns.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESOctober 22, 2015
Mr. Salmon (for himself, Mr. Guinta, Mr. Carter of Texas, Mr. Kelly of Pennsylvania, Mr. Collins of New York, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Huelskamp, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mrs. Love, Mr. LaMalfa, and Mr. Stewart) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To provide that silencers be treated the same as long guns.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the “Hearing Protection Act of 2015”.(a) In General.—Section 5845(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking “(7) any silencer” and all that follows through “; and (8)” and inserting “; and (7)”.
(1) IN GENERAL.—The amendment made by this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.
(2) TRANSFERS.—In the case of the tax imposed by section 5811 of such Code, the amendment made by this section shall apply with respect to transfers after October 22, 2015.
Section 5841 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following:
“(f) Firearm Silencers.—A person acquiring or possessing a firearm silencer in accordance with Chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, shall be treated as meeting any registration and licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this subsection) with respect to such silencer.”.
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.”
The long and short of it is that when this bill is reintroduced next year, with a Trump Administration that will not veto it, the Republican controlled congress can scratch out the first victory against one of the three greatest rights infringing acts in regards to the 2nd Amendment. The other two being the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the ludicrously named Gun Owners Protection Act of 1986.
What does this bill do?
Well, in case you were wondering why I didn’t just make a video of my own shooting a suppressed and non suppressed firearm, it’s because I do not own a suppressor. The reason why is that if I were to get one now, not only would I have to pay $200 in tax to the government ON TOP of what the suppressor itself costs but I don’t register any part of my 2nd Amendment. The government can find out the information I’m sure, but I am not going to be complicit in my own subjugation.
This bill wipes all of that away. It would be the same as going to a gun show or shop and buying a shotgun. Here’s my money, there’s my suppressor. Have a good day.
But do not let my reticent about government intrusion lead you to believe that there is not current market for suppressors today.
There are over 900,000 users of supressors in America today. The industry trade group, American Suppressor Association is headed by Knox Williams and he has some perspective to put on the issue of charging people so much to protect their hearing:
“Imagine for a second that we lived in a world where you had to pay a $200 tax to buy a pair of earplugs. Now, imagine that even after paying that tax you still had to wait 8 months before you could bring your earplugs home with you. As silly as that sounds, it’s the world we live in with suppressors in the NFA.”
“The Hearing Protection Act is about one thing: giving the law abiding citizens of our country the ability to protect their hearing while exercising their right to hunt and recreationaly shoot without the onerous burden that the National Firearms Act places on suppressors.”
The bill also enforces preemption on the states forcing them to recognize the right and not play some end around grab ass game. I’m talking to you Andrew Cuomo and your unAmerican SAFE Act. But that’s a tale for another time.
When this bill does pass next year then by all means am I going to get a suppressor or two for fun. I take my hearing protection very seriously, as should you.
Gun Control, wanting people to go deaf since 1934.