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Silencer debate the latest gun battle

WASHINGTON — What the average person knows about silencers likely comes from James Bond and the “Bourne’’ movies —stealthy assassins holding up cylinder-tipped pistols and shooting their victims with nary a sound.

The National Firearms Act of 1934 subjected silencers to heavy and (at the time) unaffordable regulation, in an effort to deprive Al Capone-era gangsters of a favored murder accessory.

But as part of a legislative strategy switch from defense to offense, groups such as the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation are including a rollback of silencer regulations on its wish list in the era of gun-friendly GOP control of Congress and the White House.

Also included is the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would enable anyone legally carrying firearms in gun-rights states such as Texas and Florida to get protection of those loose laws even when during travel to gun-unfriendly jurisdictions such as Connecticut.

The concealed-carry reciprocity measure is a perennial that never got through Congress in previous years, and surely would’ve earned a Barack Obama veto if it had.

All states, including Connecticut, permit concealed carry in some form, although Connecticut makes it much more difficult to obtain a permit than, say, the Southern states.

“These proposals will put all our communities at risk,’’ said Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., a leading gun-violence-prevention advocate among Democrats in the House.

Hearing Protection Act

New gun legislation to change wait times for suppressors, prevent hearing loss and much more

New legislation has proposed changes for the way you purchase a gun suppressor and the Hearing Protection Act looks to remove regulations helping to get a suppressor in your hands quicker.

When it comes to purchasing a suppressor for your gun it can be quite the process and time consuming.

Under the National Firearms Act, you have to fill out extensive paperwork including an application to the ATF, pay a $200 tax and pass a background check which all can take up to eight months, but the proposed Hearing Protection Act looks to treat suppressors as firearms requiring you to just pass a background check.

We spoke with the Bill’s Gun Shop and Range General Manager who believes if this bill passes it will give more gun owners the option of using an accessory with health benefits.

“You know there is potential for hearing loss just because they are so loud and the Hearing Protection Act would allow suppressors to be more easily accessible and people would be able to put those on the guns and just lower the decibel rating the gun actually makes,” explains Brent Brattlof.

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With Trump in the White House, Hearing Protection Act looks good for 2017

A Republican trifecta in Washington next year will likely see action on a bill to remove firearm suppressors from National Firearms Act regulation after 82 years.

The Hearing Protection Act was introduced last October by U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., and currently has 78 bipartisan co-sponsors from 34 states. Since then, the HPA has been among the top 10 most-viewed bills on Congress.gov almost every week since it was introduced.

However, with a slim Republican majority in the Senate unable to override a near-certain veto from President Obama, the bill has been in doldrums.

Now, with the White House under new management next year, advocates for the measure feel signs are looking up and will likely return to the next Congress with a fresh mandate.

“Imagine for a second that we lived in a world where you had to pay a $200 tax to buy a pair of earplugs,” Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association, the industry trade group for the devices, told Guns.com on Wednesday. “Now, imagine that even after paying that tax you still had to wait 8 months before you could bring your earplugs home with you. As silly as that sounds, it’s the world we live in with suppressors in the NFA.”

Williams is buoyed by the fact that suppressor ownership is at an all-time high, topping 900,000 nationwide. Most importantly, three states in recent months — Vermont, Iowa and Minnesota — have legalized suppressor ownership for civilians, bringing the total to 42.

“The Hearing Protection Act is about one thing: giving the law abiding citizens of our country the ability to protect their hearing while exercising their right to hunt and recreationally shoot without the onerous burden that the National Firearms Act places on suppressors,” he said.

In speaking with Utah-based SilencerCo CEO Josh Waldron in April, the suppressor wonk made it clear that the HPA in its current form is something of a dress rehearsal for a Republican chief executive.

“It’s a really important bill, but we’re doing it for education,” Waldron said. “We’re getting it queued up so that when we do have someone in the White House that’s not a looney tune, it’ll go through quickly and that’s really what we’re doing. We’re setting this up for success in the future.”

Although Trump has not gone on record as supporting NFA deregulation, Donald Jr. visited SilencerCo in September and made clear it was definitely on the table.

Further, the National Rifle Association wasted no time in mentioning suppressors and their safety attributes on Election Night.

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