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house Bill H.R. 367

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.

Justin's Opinion
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02/02/2017
Suppressors have long been misrepresented by the media and Hollywood. They are not "silencers" in that they do not make anything "silent." The muzzle report of a firearm is somewhere around 160dB - immediately damaging to the hearing of the shooter. The BEST suppressors I've tested reduce that to around 127-130dB. By comparison, a running jackhammer at a distance of three feet is only 110dB. Anything that is four times louder than a jackhammer cannot be called silent or even quiet by any measure of the term. The only effect that a suppressor actually has is in the name of the bill: hearing protection.
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Mark's Opinion
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01/13/2017
There is no downside to this bill. Greater hearing protection for lawful gun owners is enough of a reason to pass this law. This could also cut down on noise pollution for ranges.
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JTJ's Opinion
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12/01/2018
The liberals measly knowledge of firearms and the constitution, are based on Hollywood, not the truth. For now, states should be allowed to deregulate suppressors, ultimately there should be national reciprocity. Law abiding citizens should not become criminals by crossing a state line. The second amendment is not a state guarantee, it is national.
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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.

I.Got.an.Idea...'s Opinion
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12/01/2018
Does the United States 🇺🇸 of America even exist anymore? If so, we may want to drop the “United “ and add “The disheveled “, “The mangled”, “ The broken”, “The divided”, etc. We are one “United” nation, not 50 individual sovereign nations. We need to be able to travel around our Country freely and comfortably and safely, without worrying that we could be thrown in prison, without our family’s knowledge, for no reason, other than we spit on sidewalk or wore the wrong clothes on Sunday, or held the wrong person’s hand, etc. Republicans are trying to divide America through legislation. They are trying to make every unethical value they possess, a State’s right, and everything they devalue, a Federal law to ban a practice of product. In other words, Republicans are using our legislative freedoms and democracy against the best interests of humanity and our Nation.
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Ronda 's Opinion
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12/01/2018
We’re dying by the hundreds. The states are doing a lousy job. Time to get rid of all the contradictory state laws and enact comprehensive federal gun regulations.
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viceabbess's Opinion
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12/01/2018
Silencers are for killing people. If your gun is too loud for you, stop shooting it. I’m a voter in Ohio’s 12th congressional district and I oppose this bill.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 9th, 2017

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Title

Hearing Protection Act of 2017

Official Title

To provide that silencers be treated the same as long guns.

Summary

Hearing Protection Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers, and (2) treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer. Any person who pays a transfer tax on a silencer after October 22, 2015, may receive a refund of such tax. The bill amends the federal criminal code to preempt state or local laws that tax or regulate firearm silencers.
    Suppressors have long been misrepresented by the media and Hollywood. They are not "silencers" in that they do not make anything "silent." The muzzle report of a firearm is somewhere around 160dB - immediately damaging to the hearing of the shooter. The BEST suppressors I've tested reduce that to around 127-130dB. By comparison, a running jackhammer at a distance of three feet is only 110dB. Anything that is four times louder than a jackhammer cannot be called silent or even quiet by any measure of the term. The only effect that a suppressor actually has is in the name of the bill: hearing protection.
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    Does the United States 🇺🇸 of America even exist anymore? If so, we may want to drop the “United “ and add “The disheveled “, “The mangled”, “ The broken”, “The divided”, etc. We are one “United” nation, not 50 individual sovereign nations. We need to be able to travel around our Country freely and comfortably and safely, without worrying that we could be thrown in prison, without our family’s knowledge, for no reason, other than we spit on sidewalk or wore the wrong clothes on Sunday, or held the wrong person’s hand, etc. Republicans are trying to divide America through legislation. They are trying to make every unethical value they possess, a State’s right, and everything they devalue, a Federal law to ban a practice of product. In other words, Republicans are using our legislative freedoms and democracy against the best interests of humanity and our Nation.
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    There is no downside to this bill. Greater hearing protection for lawful gun owners is enough of a reason to pass this law. This could also cut down on noise pollution for ranges.
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    We’re dying by the hundreds. The states are doing a lousy job. Time to get rid of all the contradictory state laws and enact comprehensive federal gun regulations.
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    The liberals measly knowledge of firearms and the constitution, are based on Hollywood, not the truth. For now, states should be allowed to deregulate suppressors, ultimately there should be national reciprocity. Law abiding citizens should not become criminals by crossing a state line. The second amendment is not a state guarantee, it is national.
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    There’s no reason to make it easier to buy silencers. This will just make it easier for criminals to acquire them. If you’re concerned about hearing loss while at the shooting range or hunting, then use earmuffs!
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    Silencers are for killing people. If your gun is too loud for you, stop shooting it. I’m a voter in Ohio’s 12th congressional district and I oppose this bill.
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    We should leave most legislation under state control. If citizens disagree, they have an option to pack up and move to another less restrictive state.
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    One standard, nationwide.
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    Instead of making things easier for mass murderers and more lucrative for arms manufacturers, congress should look for ways to protect the public.
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    All gun Regulations should be left to the states
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    A silencer is not a firearm
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    This is a great bill. Needs to pass. I've damaged my hearing on my own guns one too many times.
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    I've lost a significant amount of my hearing via firearms, even with hearing protection. I've purchased suppressors and it's been the best thing I've done. The firearm is much more pleasant to shoot. I'm sure at the outdoor ranges surrounding neighborhoods would be much happier the noise is reduced. Now that we can hunt with them all the better, for the same reasons. But the process to obtain suppressors is very prohibited, time and money wise, especially with 41F. I encourage you to forward this to the senate for a vote. Thank you.
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    @I.Got.an.Idea, my thoughts exactly!
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    The author of this bill has an A+ rating from the NRA. He’s not interested in protecting hearing, he’s interested in protecting donors. Gun owners: No one is making you shoot guns. If you’re concerned about hearing loss, stop. I’m tired of legislation that coddles gun owners while endangering lives. I support your right to own a gun. I don’t support your right to be lazy about reloading, pulling a trigger real fast or wearing adequate ear protection.
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    Why are we so interested in making killing easier?
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    Why have 50 different regulations that states would create? One federal regulation that outlaws silencers except for law enforcement.
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    I live in a city with a gun violence problem. I fear that such a de-regulation would increase silencer availability on the streets, and increase my risk of getting mugged, shot, and/or killed. Earmuffs and plugs are available to protect hearing for shooting enthusiasts.
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    silencers are likely to cross state borders and are obviously useful to criminals. They should NOT be available to the general public AT ALL!
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