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senate Bill S. 1505

SHUSH Act: Should Gun Silencers be Deregulated at the Federal Level?

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.

Wayne's Opinion
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08/15/2017
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.
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David's Opinion
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06/10/2018
Absolutely, hearing protection and noise mitigation is common sense and should not be hindered by anachronistic laws that are based on myths that arose from Hollywood movie plots and fantasies. People (and especially our legislators) need to be educated on this subject, much nonsense is being peddled
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06/10/2018
Absolutely! There's no reason why we shouldn't be able to protect our hearing. Many uneducated people will say it's a danger. That's simply untrue. Silencers don't make the weapon silent. They simply make it undamaging to our hearing.
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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.

Gfeiste's Opinion
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06/10/2018
For a bunch of people who don’t like government interference in states rights, you sure bow down to the NRA A little too frequently for my taste. Vote against deregulating gun silencers. It makes it harder for the REAL militia to tell where the shots are coming from or even hear them. This is one stupid bill!
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Matt's Opinion
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06/10/2018
“Hearing protection” is yet another scam by the gun industry to make this sound healthy and modern. These remain Class 3 for good reason, and they should be available only to those with strict federal oversight. The point of this bill is simply for the gun industry to sell more products and accessories to a gun addicted public under yet another false pretense. STOP letting the gun industry pervert our understanding of values and rights to hawk their products.
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Elizabeth 's Opinion
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06/10/2018
No. Silences are not needed for hunting. The average citizen does not need access to these devices and only creates greater risk.
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    The President has not signed this bill
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
    IntroducedJune 29th, 2017

What is Senate Bill S. 1505?

This bill — known as the SHUSH Act — would deregulate firearm suppressors (aka silencers) at the federal level by treating any person who acquires or possesses a silencer as meeting any federal registration or licensing requirements for that silencer. The $200 transfer tax on silencers would be repealed, and the bill would preempt state or local laws that tax the transfer of silencers. Additionally, it would allow qualified current and retired law enforcement personnel to carry a concealed firearm equipped with a silencer in accordance with state law.

Under current law, individuals are required to go through a registration process with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) before acquiring a silencer which can take about nine months.

The bill’s full title is the Silencers Help Us Save Hearing (SHUSH) Act.

Impact

Individuals who would acquire and use a suppressor; companies that make suppressors; and state governments.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1505

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced this bill to eliminate federal suppressor regulations:

“Suppressors can make shooting safer for the millions of hunters and sportsmen that exercise their constitutional right to use firearms every year. The current process for obtaining a suppressor is far too expensive and burdensome. Our bill would remove these unnecessary federal regulations and make it easier for firearms users to protect themselves.”

This legislation has the support of three Republican cosponsors in the Senate.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

SHUSH Act

Official Title

A bill to provide that silencers be treated the same as firearms accessories.

    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.
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    For a bunch of people who don’t like government interference in states rights, you sure bow down to the NRA A little too frequently for my taste. Vote against deregulating gun silencers. It makes it harder for the REAL militia to tell where the shots are coming from or even hear them. This is one stupid bill!
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    “Hearing protection” is yet another scam by the gun industry to make this sound healthy and modern. These remain Class 3 for good reason, and they should be available only to those with strict federal oversight. The point of this bill is simply for the gun industry to sell more products and accessories to a gun addicted public under yet another false pretense. STOP letting the gun industry pervert our understanding of values and rights to hawk their products.
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    No. Silences are not needed for hunting. The average citizen does not need access to these devices and only creates greater risk.
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    Dear Congress, how terrified of the NRA and the Guns/Religion Group do you have to be to put up this bill!? Nobody needs a silencer on their weapon. Take them off the market, Period.
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    Absolutely, hearing protection and noise mitigation is common sense and should not be hindered by anachronistic laws that are based on myths that arose from Hollywood movie plots and fantasies. People (and especially our legislators) need to be educated on this subject, much nonsense is being peddled
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    Absolutely! There's no reason why we shouldn't be able to protect our hearing. Many uneducated people will say it's a danger. That's simply untrue. Silencers don't make the weapon silent. They simply make it undamaging to our hearing.
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    This bill would only serve to have more innocent people killed, and whoever argues that it’s for their safety, whether for their hearing or for the defense of their home, or wrist injury due to recoil is full of it. The NRA, did GOP, and the sponsors of this bill will have even more blood on their hands.
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    And a legal gun owner, I call BS on this. The people that need silencers are, our Military Snipers. My hearing protection alone is just fine.
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    Yes, there’s no reason for the current regulation. More freedom and less government intrusion will always be better.
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    Let’s first get the name right… they are noise suppression systems, so we call them suppressors. Secondly, before you talk about how scary they are, listen to one. There is not a huge difference. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ak-QH9x8Hcc. Finally, maybe if you teach children how to properly handle a weapon, they won’t be afraid of it.
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    Silencers aren't what they are in the movie. You shoot them in a small room, your ears will still be ringing for a while. They are made to dampen the volume just enough so when shooting outside in a wide open space, you would not need hearing protection.
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    The GOP sponsor and cosponsors of this bill are really showing themselves to be nothing, but errand boys for the NRA. Seriously? Silencers need to be regulated because they can make gun crime even more dangerous since the sound will be muffled. We need to be beefing up our gun laws, not relaxing them even further!
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    Hollywood has given the general public the perception that Silencers actually make guns silent. This is not the truth, they are just like a muffler on a car. They protect people’s hearing.
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    Calling a suppressor a “silencer” is a misnomer. It is literally impossible to completely silence a firearm. What suppressors do is bring the sound to more safe level for human ears and it suppresses the muzzle flash as well. They don’t enhance the weapon in any fashion as far as velocity and speed of bullet. Stick with the background checks and sell suppressors to people who pass background checks.
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    There is no such thing as a silencer, it’s a suppressor, and if you’re using one it’s because you’re being polite to your surrounding neighbors. Even a suppressed firearm is shockingly loud.
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    Yes. No reason not to.
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    Inspite of the arguments that get floated about “hearing protection” being a justification - there is no reasonable, practicable justification for deregulating ‘silencers.” This is another effort to expand the influence of the firearm industry. There is a reason why fully automatic weapons are stringently regulated - the general population has no need for them. Same stance must be taken with suppressors. I own weapons, I own ear protection. The incidents of housing developments within earshot of shooting ranges is minuscule. I’ve never hunted in an area that was populated by houses.
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    Suppressors would be an added safety benifit for shooters by reducing noise. They are currently used in hunting in several countries just for that reason.
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    Anyone against them only have seen them in movies. Other countries see not using a suppressor as rude.
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