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house Bill H.R. 155

Should Gun Silencer Regulations (Except Background Checks) Be Left Up to States?

Argument in favor

Silencers protect the hearing of hunters and recreational shooters, and this bill would make it easier for law-abiding people to access them while keeping background checks in place to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands.

Bob's Opinion
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04/17/2019
While the federal government should have no say in the sales of firearms or accessories, neither should the states. Shall not be infringed means shall not be infringed by anybody or for any reason.
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04/17/2019
You can tell a person is ignorant about guns when they use terms like “silencer”—there’s no such thing; it’s a “suppressor”. It’s not something that can be silenced. If all you know about guns you learned from movies and television, you have a lot to learn. That’s like learning English from song lyrics. Not smart......These left wing gun grabbing tyrants highlight the brilliance of our founding fathers—they are the people the second amendment was written to protect us from.
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Alex 's Opinion
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04/17/2019
It’s a safety device. That there is legislation concerning restrictions on safety is hilarious.
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Argument opposed

Federal deregulation of silencers would enrich the gun industry and make it easier for silencers to get in the wrong hands, thereby threatening public safety by making it difficult for first responders to identify active shooters.

Jim's Opinion
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04/17/2019
Advocates for silencers say it protects hearing but the only person close enough to be in danger of hearing loss is the shooter. They make ear plugs for that. In the event of a mass shooting a silencer would make it harder for responders to tell where the shooter is.
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Marylynn's Opinion
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04/17/2019
We need universal gun laws. It shouldn't be left up to the states to decide, it needs to be done nationwide. Stop playing around and tell your lawmakers to do their damn job and make our country safer from the whackos out there that want to harm as many people as possible with the guns they possess.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/17/2019
Now with the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School Massacre arriving in three days another person has died making threats against Denver schools. An 18 year old idolizing this horrible tragedy thought she’d do the same. I can honestly say in the 25 years I’ve been in Colorado we haven’t learned a GD thing about mass shootings and now you want to consider suppression devices ok. If you pass this think of the tribute you’ll be leaving the Columbine kids. Happy Anniversary. As a multi gun owner I wear ear plugs and muffs and would never need a silencer for any hunting or other legal reason. The problem with additions to guns is that they are portable. What good is a bump stock law if it’s ok in one state but not all of them? Same with a silencer. What good is it too have them be illegal in Colorado but not in Kansas? I’ll just conceal it over the boarder and now there’s silencers in Colorado where we specifically didn’t want them. We can’t seem to control the guns themselves. At least we can control the add ons. And for those screaming Constitution rights, just show me where it says anything about suppressors on black powder weapons in the well organized militia.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

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Title

Hearing Protection Act

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to remove silencers from the definition of firearms, and for other purposes.

    While the federal government should have no say in the sales of firearms or accessories, neither should the states. Shall not be infringed means shall not be infringed by anybody or for any reason.
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    Advocates for silencers say it protects hearing but the only person close enough to be in danger of hearing loss is the shooter. They make ear plugs for that. In the event of a mass shooting a silencer would make it harder for responders to tell where the shooter is.
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    You can tell a person is ignorant about guns when they use terms like “silencer”—there’s no such thing; it’s a “suppressor”. It’s not something that can be silenced. If all you know about guns you learned from movies and television, you have a lot to learn. That’s like learning English from song lyrics. Not smart......These left wing gun grabbing tyrants highlight the brilliance of our founding fathers—they are the people the second amendment was written to protect us from.
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    We need universal gun laws. It shouldn't be left up to the states to decide, it needs to be done nationwide. Stop playing around and tell your lawmakers to do their damn job and make our country safer from the whackos out there that want to harm as many people as possible with the guns they possess.
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    Now with the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School Massacre arriving in three days another person has died making threats against Denver schools. An 18 year old idolizing this horrible tragedy thought she’d do the same. I can honestly say in the 25 years I’ve been in Colorado we haven’t learned a GD thing about mass shootings and now you want to consider suppression devices ok. If you pass this think of the tribute you’ll be leaving the Columbine kids. Happy Anniversary. As a multi gun owner I wear ear plugs and muffs and would never need a silencer for any hunting or other legal reason. The problem with additions to guns is that they are portable. What good is a bump stock law if it’s ok in one state but not all of them? Same with a silencer. What good is it too have them be illegal in Colorado but not in Kansas? I’ll just conceal it over the boarder and now there’s silencers in Colorado where we specifically didn’t want them. We can’t seem to control the guns themselves. At least we can control the add ons. And for those screaming Constitution rights, just show me where it says anything about suppressors on black powder weapons in the well organized militia.
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    It’s a safety device. That there is legislation concerning restrictions on safety is hilarious.
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    With the rate of gun violence so high in this country (second only to nations at war), why make things even more confusing and potentially dangerous! Let hunters use ear plugs!
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    The folks at risk of their lives from shooters are Americans, not just residents of their states. This is a Constitutional issue, and requires guidance and oversight from the federal government!
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    Stop trying to take away our Constitutional Rights! I don’t support taking our guns away & I don’t support taking away silencers or any other gun related items! Their will always be bad people in the world, don’t punish the law abiding citizens!
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    For those who watched too much James Bond, a silencer does not reduce the shot noise to zero, rather reduces it do the shooter’s hearing can be protected
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    You don’t need a silencer to shoot a deer. This is absurd. As a resident of CO whose kid has been in 2 lockdowns this year and now has school canceled due to a credible threat of Gun Violence, we don’t need to make any part of getting a weapon or parts any easier. We need ACTUAL GUN REFORM. Vote it down.
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    2A: ”right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” A silencer is not a weapon unless you use it as a club. Silencers are most effective in movie sets.
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    All gun reform needs to be on the same page, therefore, it needs to be federally mandated (just like the drivers' license and seat belt laws and auto insurance, etc). We cannot trust the states to do the right thing. Take Chicago for instance. It's a "gun free zone" yet the gun crimes are over the top and that's because criminals and crazies can get their guns in Indiana which has irresponsible and lax gun laws and then bring them into Chicago and wreak havoc. When that happens, republicans irreverently blame the "gun free zone" rather than the abject stupidity of the irresponsible Indiana guns laws. Indiana (along with other red states with irresponsible gun laws) is not doing the right thing. Suppressors are dangerous, especially in the wrong hands, because there is only one use for suppressors and that is to kill human beings -quietly- making it very difficult to identify the shooter. (Don't make me laugh by telling me hunters need suppressors.) There is a great need to regulate gun suppressors and states, especially states with irresponsible and lax gun laws, should not be allowed to make that decision. Using the "protection of hearing for hunters" is a ridiculous, absurd excuse to deregulate the suppressor and is irresponsible as there are other measures to use such as ear plugs. Doesn't surprise me at all that irresponsible republicans are behind this bill.
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    It’s a safety device. Just as 1 other person stated,the sound is not silent. This is not “ James Bond “ .
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    What practical use would a person need one of these?
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    Leave it to the states to decide if it needs to be regulated. But overall I don’t have a problem with people using silencers. For vast majority is for recreational use and not criminal use. There should not be restrictions on the sales of silencers.
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    “They who will give up essential liberties to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin
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    The lefties in this forum don’t know how guns work, nor how our republic works. I haven’t seen one rational argument yet. Suppressors should be no more regulated than holsters.
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    We are The UNITED States of America. We need to unify many considerations as a Country, especially when it comes to Citizen’s safety. There needs to be minimum Federal Standards that also meet legal and ethical standards and requirements, and if individual states want to add additional restrictions or safety protocols above and beyond, then they can. At some point, if many states have adopted additional regulations, then likely they should be adopted Federally to unite the Country. Single Federal regulations = less overall regulations. It is more difficult to design products and market products to meet specific state regulations. Cost more too.
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    It's not a safety device. Wear hearing protection if the noise is a problem. They are a way to quietly kill people. The general public has no realistic need for them.
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