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Committee on FinanceIntroducedJanuary 9th, 2017
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Hearing Protection Act of 2017
A bill to provide that silencers be treated the same as long guns.
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 January 9, 2017, 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.
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.