S 202- Suppressor Bill Re-introduced in Senate
The “Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act of 2019,” suppressor bill S 202, was re-introduced in the Senate on January 24 by a handful of Republican Senators. The bill seeks to remove federal regulations on firearm suppressors, making it easier to own them.
“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.” Press release by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
The text of the bill is not yet on the Congressional bill website, but it is intended to have suppressors treated as normal firearms accessories. Currently, that is not the case.
KUTV reported that the National Firearms Act requires:
A petition must be submitted to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with two copies of ATF Form 4, TF Form 5330.20 filled out for certification from a local chief law enforcement officer.
It additionally includes obtaining two copies of fingerprints and mailing them all in with a $200 check. The approved form then will not come back for another nine to 12 months.
S 202 seeks to rescind those requirements and treat suppressors as a normal accessory. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance, but has very little chance of passage.
“Silencers” or suppressors do not actually make a firearm “silent.” They lower the decibel of sound from 150-165 decibels to around 130. Any sound over 140 decibels causes irreversible hearing loss. Not that the anti-gun crowd cares.
According to the National Sport Shooting Foundation,
Firearm sound suppressors, or “silencers” as they are sometimes misleadingly called, are devices that help reduce the noise of gunfire to hearing safe levels when attached to the end of a firearm’s barrel. Suppressors are generally nothing more than containment systems with a series of baffles that help contain and re-direct the expanding gasses that exit the end of the firearm’s barrel when a round of ammunition is discharged. They are very similar to car mufflers that were, in fact, developed in parallel by the same inventor in the early 1900s. Suppressors help to lessen the sound of the muzzle-blast. Using suppressors can make shooting firearms safer, more enjoyable and help make shooting ranges more neighborly.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), John Cornyn (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), James Risch (R-ID), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) are all co-sponsors of the bill. In 2017, Rep Jeff Duncan (R-SC) introduced a bill to widen sportsmen access to public lands that carried a few of these same provisions- that part of his bill was rejected.
Anti-gunners are sounding an alarm, saying this bill is “unnecessary and dangerous.” Ron Molen, of the Gun Violence Prevention Center said, “I think it’s totally unnecessary and I think it’s potentially very dangerous.”
The anti-gun crusaders will be the barrier to this legislation. Republicans might get it past the Senate (although they don’t have a filibuster proof majority), maybe, but it won’t fly in the House.