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DEREGULATION OF SUPPRESSORS: New “SHUSH” Act Introduced to House and Senate
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Assorted suppressors. Image credit: Nicholas C. Used with permission.

Could the complete deregulation of silencers (also called “suppressors”) be near? That’s the goal of a new bill introduced simultaneously to the House and Senate, which seeks to invalidate the provisions pertaining to silencers of the National Firearms Act, entirely. The bill, called the SHUSH (Silencers Help Us Save Hearing) Act, would nullify the NFA’s requirements for silencer registration via two modifications: First, by making anyone seeking to purchase a silencer (who is otherwise acting within the law) automatically meet the NFA’s requirements; and second, by invalidating all state regulations regarding silencers. Further, these changes would retroactively apply to all silencer transfers more recent than October 22, 2015.

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Essentially, these provisions would deregulate silencers to the status of general firearms accessories, apply this deregulation across the board to all states, and release all silencers currently in tax stamp limbo to their respective purchasers. This differs from the Hearing Protection Act (HPA), which would down-regulate silencers to the same level as a standard longarm.

Whether the SHUSH Act will compete against or complement the HPA remains to be seen. It is possible that the more aggressive SHUSH Act could drive more moderate members of Congress towards the HPA – lest the SHUSH Act be forced through, anyway. However, it is also possible that the SHUSH Act could fragment the faction seeking to deregulate silencers by drawing away those members who are more strongly pro-deregulation.

H/T, Guns.com
 

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I hope this small nibble at the NFA succeeds. If we can take one bite, we can take another and another, until we've eaten the whole elephant. :D Then we can move on to a younger elephant - the 1968 Gun Control Act - and erase that idiotic "Legitimate Sporting Purpose" phrase.
 

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If Only. If it were this deregulated I might even be willing to forgo getting tax credited for the three tags I recently received. Would like to get that money back as it would represent a couple more low cost cans, but passage of this act is significantly more important for the future.
 

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Lawmakers introduce SHUSH Act to classify suppressors as gun accessory
Suppressors could be sold over the counter for the first time since 1934 under a new bill introduced last week. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Republicans on Capitol Hill last week introduced bicameral legislation that aims to drop all federal regulation of suppressors and silencers.

The Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act, backed in the Senate by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Mike Crapo of Idaho, and in the House by Iowa Congressman Steve King, would mandate that suppressors be treated the same as firearm accessories.

“Suppressors can make shooting safer for the millions of hunters and sportsmen that exercise their constitutional right to use firearms every year,” Lee said in a statement from his office. “The current process for obtaining a suppressor is far too expensive and burdensome. Our bill would remove these unnecessary federal regulations and make it easier for firearms users to protect themselves.”

The bill, entered as S.1505 in the Senate and H.R.3139 in the House, would not only remove suppressors from National Firearms Act requirements — a goal of the rival Hearing Protection Act — but also classify them as simple accessories which could be sold over the counter. The Hearing Protection Act, currently with 154 co-sponsors, would eliminate the $200 transfer tax on suppressors by dropping them from NFA rules, but still requires they should be transferred through federal firearms licensees after a background check, regulating them as firearms. Both bills provide for a refund on tax stamps bought since Oct. 22, 2015.

Crapo hails from Idaho, a state that is home to well-known suppressor maker Gemtech as well as a host of smaller manufacturers such as StingerWorx, Ballista and Tactical Innovations; while Lee’s home state of Utah counts SilencerCo and OSS Suppressors among its firearms industries. Iowa, where King’s district is located, became the 42nd state to legalize suppressor ownership by civilians last year.

Gun control advocates, who are opposed to the Hearing Protection Act, immediately slammed the new proposal.

“The bill would end the federal requirement for background checks on firearm silencer sales, and make it legal for convicted felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill to buy and possess silencers,” said Everytown in a statement. “To the satisfaction of NRA headquarters, the legislation would profit gun manufacturers, who could mass market firearm silencers at the expense of public safety.”

The Senate measure has been referred to the Finance Committee while the House version of the SHUSH Act has been double referred to both the Ways and Means and Judiciary committees.
 

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It would be nice,, especially for 22 auto pistols. I shot a friends Browning Buckmark and it sounded like a BB gun.
 

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Phillip, Was the 308 round subsonic?

No it wasn't. He was so busy running around working & answering everyone's questions that he didn't pay attention to the crack of the rifle when shot. I do have a subsonic load that sounds about like a pellet gun. You have to dial in about 37 moa to get out to a 200 yard target though. :lol5:
 

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Ah-ha, was thinking straight .308 whereas this sounds like a .308 wildcat round that has been necked up to the .338 bullet size. Very interesting. Bet there are some benefits with the .338 bullet vs the .358 as in the .358Winchester which is simply a .308 necked up to .358. Likely the .338 offerings are a bit more aerodynamic than the .358 pills at comparable weights especially with all the interest in the .338 Lapua.
 

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Ah-ha, was thinking straight .308 whereas this sounds like a .308 wildcat round that has been necked up to the .338 bullet size. Very interesting. Bet there are some benefits with the .338 bullet vs the .358 as in the .358Winchester which is simply a .308 necked up to .358. Likely the .338 offerings are a bit more aerodynamic than the .358 pills at comparable weights especially with all the interest in the .338 Lapua.

Lol. I do indeed have both. We were shooting the 308 winchester Sunday.
 
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