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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
    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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    Why buy a silencer to protect your hearing when you can just use ear muffs? This legislation is ridiculous! Allowing silencers to be more easily accessed is giant public safety risk! Our country has one of the highest rates of gun violence in the world and yet Republicans seem to want to make the situation worse!
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    ‪Guns for Beginners: “Silencer” or “Suppressor?” - The Truth About Guns https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2015/04/jeremy-s/guns-for-beginners-silencer-or-suppressor/‬
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    There are a lot of sportsmen/sportswomen who have suffered severe hearing loss as a result of these stringent and Draconian laws/regulations. It also would aide in reducing noise pollution as well!
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    Silencers only truly silence subsonic rounds which in recent history haven’t been used in mass shootings so the argument that it would be more difficult for first responders to locate is fairly mute.
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    Ridiculous question. Silencers are a part of killing people. Killings are at an all time high with the White Supremacist In the White House. The Neo Nazis think they are in control of the country & can do whatever they want. Death threats, attempted killings, just plain harassment are all way too high because of that. Silencers should not be sold to anyone. Why would they need one - just to kill people.
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    I have substantial hearing loss. This could have been partially prevented if access was easier to these products. It’s a matter of hunter protection more so that gang violence.
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    For gun regulation to work, it needs to be at a national level. Including closing loopholes through gun shows and internet sells.
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    No. This is too critical to allow each state to dither over details and timing. Silencers exist so people may be shot unheard and unnoticed by those in near proximity. Just like Harley Davidson says loud pipes save lives so do loud gunshots by alerting those in firing range to take cover.
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    If you want hearing protection wear ear muffs or ear plugs. This is the most ignorant attempt by kill rights activists yet.
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    We have enough shootings and gun related deaths. We don’t need to remove the sound of the gun discharging so that potential victims cannot hear that there is a shooter
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    Absolutely, YES! YES! Yes! If you want to purchase a silencer you have to have the ATF sign off on your request before you can purchase one then pass a background check. It is more regulated than dropping your baby off at daycare.
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    I’m waiting for the NRA and their lackeys in Congress and out to make this a Second Amendment issue. Hunters and recreational shooters can get earplugs without any restrictions. Besides, will silencers even fit their muskets when called up for militia service?
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    No. Same for all States. No silencers.
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    Common sense gun laws. Starting right now. Across the board.
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    They shouldn't be regulated at all, but it should be up to the states if they are.
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    Getting the Federal government out of unnecessary meddling in our lives is always a priority for me, states and local are in most cases better able to handle issues. I support this being left to the states, the states are the incubator of our liberties. #MAGA
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    The Federal government is required by the law to protect our individual rights. This Implies that neither they nor state governments are permitted to infringe on those rights without due process of law. No one has ever been harmed by a law-abiding citizen owning a sound suppressor. Suppressors are one of the many tools available to protect hearing and provide good neighbor practices for outdoor shooting ranges. The consternation over this issue is ludicrous and driven by fear mongering by anti-rights activists, preying on the ignorant.
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    We need federal regulations so people aren’t confused when they cross state lines
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    Keep big brother out of our lives as much as possible.
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