Another hopeful attempt to deregulate suppressors and silencers from National Firearms Act regulation is underway this week.

The Duncan-Carter Hearing Protection Act was presented by GOP sponsors U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina and Rep. John Carter from Texas. The bill will take aim to deregulate suppressors as well as promote their use to shooters to prevent hearing loss.

“Many gun owners and sportsmen suffer severe hearing loss after years of shooting, and yet the tool necessary to reduce such loss is onerously regulated and taxed. It doesn’t make any sense,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. “The Duncan-Carter Hearing Protection Act would allow people easier access to suppressors, which would help them to better protect their hearing.”

Suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Currently, not even Britain, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the world, has restrictions on suppressors like in the U.S.

The new proposal also provides the opportunity for a refund on the $200 transfer tax to anyone who purchased a suppressor after October 22, 2015.

A similar bill was introduced in 2015, however, despite being one of the most-viewed bills on Congress.gov last year, it did not garnish enough weight to make it out of committee.

Times have now changed, and with residency of the White House currently in flux, many believe change is on the horizon. The bill still has a long way to go, as changing federal law is nothing quick and easy, but those in favor of the new bill certainly have reason to be more optimistic this time around.

“Gun owners and sportsmen should be able to practice their sport with the tools necessary to do so safely. This bill makes it easier for them to do that,” concluded Cox.

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  • chuck2

    “Many gun owners and sportsmen suffer severe hearing loss after years of
    shooting, and yet the tool necessary to reduce such loss is onerously
    regulated and taxed. It doesn’t make any sense,” Amusing item from nra/silencer lobby.. but if true then could open up lots of law suits against gun and ammo mfgs for loss of hearing and selling hardware the was dangerous for user, would cause hearing loss.. and seems “experts” agree on that..be careful for what you wish for, might get it,… but most amusing of all is all those “hunting guns” in photo… and let’s not discuss when gangs get these things.. and they will. Bad law, but lots of lobby money there…as usual. We do not want these things as no way to tell when hunters on our land, and despite signs, does happen…bad law paid for by mfgs/nra bribe money

  • Rob Waddell

    Thank you, Mr. Duncan!

  • Bill Korbak

    I’d like to see the $200 Tax Stamp reduced to $0, but not the paperwork. If they’re too easy to get, they’ll be abused and discredit all good gun owners in the long run! If you’re worried about your ears, wear ear plugs & ear muffs like I do for the last 30 years. More hearing damage is done in this country with loud ear buds & Ipods in millions of kids ears then gun noise! Millions of others have hearing damage from loud factories before hearing protection was made an issue.

  • Andrew Wittrock

    It sounds like you commenting have never shot with a suppressor. It is far from silent. They also make your gun a bit more cumbersome to lug around. I use one only for hunting. For the “gangs” you speak of, this may make what they do a bit quieter, but it will have virtually zero impact on how and when they use their guns. This is merely a tool. It in no way will help or prevent anyone from breaking the law that already has the thought in their head. I could understand this being a gun discussion, but I’m a bit baffled how suppressors are being villianized here.

  • Wheezy Geezer

    I have read numerous articles bemoaning the “Hearing Protection Act” and not one article provided facts on why the bill should not pass. Hiram Maxim invented the suppressor for hearing protection, Congress enacted the NFA in 1934 to make it more difficult to obtain certain items, not impossible. Suppressor are for hearing protection, not silent shooting (there is no such thing, even if James Bond can do it).