A high ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has written a proposal that could see the removal of many restrictions on gun regulations in the United States.

Ronald B. Turk, associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the ATF, wrote an 11-page “white paper” that calls for the end of regulations on suppressors for firearms. The paper also speaks to:

  • New Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) Dealing Exclusively at Gun Shows (or internet)
  • Armor Piercing Ammunition
  • Re-importation of Certain Department of Defense Surplus Firearms from Foreign Countries
  • Firearm Arm or Stabilizing Brace
  • Reissue a New Sporting Purpose Study
  • Creation of a Database of Agency Rulings
  • Suppressors
  • Firearms Industry Proposals to Allow for Interstate Sale of Firearms at Gun Shows
  • Destructive Devices

You can read the 11-page white paper in its entirety right here.

A known supporter of these relaxed regulations on suppressors is Donald Trump Jr. We saw him sit down with SilencerCo’s CEO, Joshua Waldron, not long ago to discuss this very topic, so it’s encouraging to see things moving along down the line as we push towards new regulations.

“Silencers are very rarely used in criminal shootings,” the white paper states. “Given the lack of criminality associated with silencers, it is reasonable to conclude that they should not be viewed as a threat to public safety.”

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  • Joe Hallfrisch

    It would be great to be able to target shoot without bothering neibors a mile away. No to mention saving my family’s and my own hearing.

  • Blatant Abuse

    It breaks my heart to have to ask my daughter to repeat herself until she no longer wants to say anything to me. Damned NFA. ABOLISH THE ATF!

  • Steve Hughes

    what? i cant hear you.

  • Add machine guns back to lawful citizens that can pas a background check and were game!

  • spiritseeker

    Silencers are accepted all over Europe as a means of hearing protection. Should be the same here.

  • WayTooMuchGear

    Stupid barrel length regulations while we’re at it? SBR’s for all!

  • Todd Chrisman

    How about if the overall length is X or less its a handgun, and X or greater it’s a long gun? No more SBR/Sawed Off Shotgun registrations. The reevaluation of “sporting purposes” could be a big deal allowing for imports of more firearms and ammunition.

  • 2A Supporter

    Eliminate the words “prohibited person(s)” would be a good start too.

    • Jimmy the Greek

      that was from , the gun control act of 1968 , a lot of bad things happen to Americans in the years of LBJ ,

      • Michael Sweeney

        If I remember correctly it also established the Class 3 license for full auto weapons. Perhaps it was a mixed blessing. It brought a number of otherwise good citizens a way to have their full auto collections.

      • 2A Supporter

        Class 3 full automatic firearms were taxed and restricted in the National Firearms Active.

      • Jimmy the Greek

        You could have full auto before the 1968 crap !

      • Michael Sweeney

        I’m not looking for a fight, but I don’t think so. Bonnie and Clyde had a BAR Al Capone had the Tommy guns and I believe their out gunning the law brought about the 1934 law making them illegal. They were an underground thing . 1968 brought about the class 3 and way to register what the feds knew what was out there. I had a family member ( now dead) who was a little sketchy who had some full autos that he later made legal. There was a pretty big underground in those years after WW2

      • Jimmy the Greek

        In 1934 is when they started the $200.00 tax stamp you had to pay to have a full auto , before 1934 you would buy a Thomson as the hardware store .

      • Michael Sweeney

        I stand corrected. Thank you.

      • Jimmy the Greek

        Daddy bush is the reason we cant buy new full autos

    • American4ConstitutionalCarry

      I’m totally against domestic violence, but how about getting rid of the Unconstitutional domestic violence law that gives judges a way to strip a person of their Right to Bear Arms without meeting the “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” burden of proof!!!

  • 92nRed Rappini

    This ATF change in thinking I believe is called covering your A$$, because Sensenbrenner wants to eliminate the ATF which is a good Idea.