Bill introduced to remove suppressors from NFA - Hearing Protection Act

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by stg58, Jan 16, 2017.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    It would seem that it has an uphill battle but at least the battle will be waged and far to be on the offensive for the second amendment than on the defensive like the last eight years..
    Four more days of barry:) :)

    Support the Hearing Protection Act
    House Republican is proposing legislation that would remove suppressors and silencers from National Firearms Act regs and treat them as regular firearms.

    Since 1934, the federal government has treated devices designed to muffle or suppress the report of firearms as Title II devices that required registration under the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record and mandated transfers that included a $200 tax stamp. Now, a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., aims to change that.

    Under the terms of the Hearing Protection Act, introduced Thursday with 10 co-sponsors, gone would be the NFA requirements for the devices. Instead, federal law would treat them as firearms which would allow suppressors to transfer through any regular federal firearms license holders to anyone not prohibited from possessing them after the buyer passes an FBI instant background check.

    Rather than the lengthy Form 4 process, which can take months, buyers would only have to complete the standard 4473 Form before taking possession.

    While the bill is short in text, an important provision would allow for federal preemption of suppressor regulation over state laws, which would have the effect of keeping suppressors legal in states whose laws specifically mention that only those registered under the NFA are allowed.

    Finally, the NFA tax paid on suppressor transfers after Oct. 22 would be refunded.

    In the past several years, legal suppressor production has exploded. In 2014 the NFRTR listed 571,150 registered silencers while information released earlier this year showed 792,282– a growth of some 39 percent. The numbers of NFA-compliant suppressors currently listed nearly eclipse the total number of select-fire weapons, short-barreled rifles, and short-barreled shotguns, combined.

    The Hearing Protection Act has the early support of the American Suppressor Association and National Rifle Association, who have helped craft the legislation.

    “Since day one, the goal of our association has been to remove suppressors from the NFA,” ASA President Knox Williams told “The Hearing Protection Act is the culmination of our efforts to enact pro-suppressor reform on both the state and federal levels.

    Williams conceded the push to get the measure through Congress may be uphill, but is worth the fight.

    “While we don’t expect the HPA to pass overnight, we are confident that our continued educational and outreach initiatives will ultimately lead to the passage of this critical legislation,” he said. “Its enactment will result in safer and more enjoyable shooting and hunting experiences for generations of sportsmen and women to come.”

    Michael Williams, General Counsel of the ASA told the road to this week’s debut has been a long one.

    “We spent months working with attorneys from the NRA and Rep. Salmon’s office to make sure our language achieved these goals, and the result is a concise, common-sense bill that we’re all very proud to support,” he said.

    Bill introduced to remove suppressors from NFA regulation
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  2. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I'm sitting on a form now waiting for this to become law!!!
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  3. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    If they fall under the same regs as firearms, home brew should be next :)
  4. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

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  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    It's going to pass. Pretty quickly too I'd imagine
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  6. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Next SBR?
    Reverse the 86 ban on new class 3?

    OK back to reality..
  7. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    SBR could be next since we'll be talking about arbitrary laws. FA?- no chance
    I plan to place a couple can orders before the HPA gets close so i get them before the rush
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  8. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Time to earmark a few frns for a threaded barrel and can for one of the wet guns. Or just the can for one of those with the high mounted sights instead. Hm.
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  9. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    How about the ASA?
    Affordable Suppressor Act..:)
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  10. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Can for my Treaded Barrel Ruger 45/22 4" with the Red/Green Dot Optics....
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  11. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I'm ordering a BCM 300 BLK 9" in February and want a SilencerCo Omega suppressor for it. Without the extra hoops to jump through I'll pick up 9mm and 5.56 units too. :)
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  12. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

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  13. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    If this actually happens it will be like 2004 when the clinton 1994 AWB sunset provision took effect.
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  14. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    Don't you mean the past 50 years...?
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  15. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Cans for every one! Now to remove SBR from NFA and lift the ban on imports! F/A, not my thing, but it's cool for those that want them!
    I'm going the home brew route, all ready have the tools, might as well put them to good use!
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  16. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    They introduced a bill to eliminate the BATF; now that's progressive!
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  17. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

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  18. Tempstar

    Tempstar Praeclarum Site Supporter+

    Since you can get a handgun in any almost any caliber you would want for an SBR, the law never made sense anyway. I had a TC with a 14" .223 barrel. Why was that so different than an SBR?
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  19. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    ...because 'MURICA.

    Can't farking wait. I will never beg for permission from a tyrannous government to freely live and own property.
    95% certain this will pass, already have the dough ready to go.
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  20. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    I'm not impressed. Wake me when this Congress grows some huevos and simply repeals the NFA or simply makes suppressors as legal and easy to obtain as a car muffler.
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