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Democrat Senator Vows to Fight Deregulation of 'Deadly Gun Silencers'

Not Released Democrat Senator Vows to Fight Deregulation of 'Deadly Gun Silencers'
Eleena Tovar | 15 Marcha, 2017, 10:30

"These deadly gun silencers pose a huge risk to our enforcement and our communities and I will do everything I can to stop this ill-thought-out legislation that would allow more criminals to get their hands on these risky weapons".

Since 1934, the federal government has treated devices created 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. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the tax was "considered quite severe and adequate to carry out Congress' goal to discourage or eliminate transactions" of silencers and firearms subject to the act.

Some members of Congress want to do away with that process and make it easier for people to get silencers.

"This legislation is about safety ― plain and simple", Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said of The Hearing Protection Act, as the bill is called.

Suppressed weapons aren't like how they're portrayed in movies. The HPA would repeal this requirement and treat suppressors as firearms - which would allow them to be transferred through regular federal firearms license holders to anyone not prohibited from possessing them after the buyer passes an FBI instant background check.

While silencers don't actually silence shots, they do muffle them. "I'm very active in sport shooting and hunting, and I can't tell you how better off the shooting sports enthusiasts would be if we had easier access to suppressors to help protect our hearing".

Donald Trump Jr.is another prominent backer of the law, saying "It's just another rule government wants to put in place for no reason". They say hunters will be more aware of their surroundings if they don't have to wear hearing protection.

They also say silencers improve accuracy by preventing recoil.

But opponents aren't buying that the bill is really meant to prevent hearing loss.

Suppressors were first developed in the early 20th century, but came under restriction in the 1930s over fears they would be used by criminals and concerns people would use them to illegally hunt animals for food during the Great Depression. The report suggests a consideration that silencers be removed from the National Firearms Act.