‘suppressors serve important function in the great outdoors’

Washington, DC – Continuing to review and address shortcomings of existing federal gun laws, Alabama Senator Luther Strange joined Senate colleagues Friday in co-sponsoring S. 59, the Hearing Protection Act of 2017.

“As an avid sportsman, I know that repeated exposure to loud noise can have real life effects. By protecting recreational shooters, animals, and nearby communities from hearing loss and disruption, suppressors serve an important function for those who enjoy the great outdoors of Alabama. I am proud to co-sponsor this important fix that ensures that silencing devices are accessible to gun enthusiasts, and that sprawling regulations do not get in the way of common sense.”

The bill, introduced by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), would amend outdated federal law to extend the same regulatory and tax treatment as long-barreled guns to guns with silencers. It would also replace the cumbersome federal transfer process for purchasing silencers and replace it with an immediate National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS). Under current law, separate licensing and a $200 tax apply to the purchase of silencers on top of those imposed on firearm purchases.

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