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Committee on the JudiciaryCommittee on Ways and MeansCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedJune 29th, 2017
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Hearing Protection Act of 2017
To provide that silencers be treated the same as firearms accessories.
Hearing Protection Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code: (1) to remove silencers from the list of firearms subject to regulation under the National Firearms Act (NFA), and (2) to specify that a person who lawfully acquires or possesses a silencer under provisions of the federal criminal code meets the registration and licensing requirements of the NFA. Additionally, the bill amends the federal criminal code: to preempt state or local laws that tax or regulate firearm silencers, to exclude a muffler or silencer from the list of firearms subject to regulation, to eliminate mandatory minimum prison terms for a crime of violence or drug trafficking offense in which a defendant uses or carries a firearm equipped with a silencer, and to permit active and retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed silencer.
Individual hearing protection (plugs, muffs) does NOTHING to protect the hearing of others in the vicinity. One of the biggest complaints by people who move somewhere near a gun range, is the noise. Mufflers are required on vehicles, to protect hearing and reduce noise in the environment...not allowing mufflers on firearms, as a means of crime prevention, is as stupid as banning mufflers on cars, so the cops can hear a getaway vehicle.
Silencers are NOT hearing protection devices. To cast them as "safety" devices stretches the bounds of credibility. With the epidemic of mass shootings in the US, the last thing we need is to add silencers into the mix. Picture a mass shooting where those at risk don't even know they're at risk because they never hear the gun shots. Are you kidding?
Suppressors/cans/silencers are all the same things. They are nothing evil and don’t turn your guns into nerf gun sounding weapons of mass destruction. They merely reduce the decibels to a range that protect your ears. They are still loud, unlike the Hollywood fantasy that has them reduce the sound to faint swoosh. Suppressors combined with ear protection will provide better hearing protection. They will also protect the ears of your loved ones if you have to protect them in your home. Please support this bill and vote YES! Thank you for hearing our voices on this bill.
It would make it easier for hunting and Home Defense most people are not aware firing handguns in confined areas such as a hallway in your house can cause severe hearing loss it would also help in the hunting of nuisance animals such as wild hogs and nutria