Hate all the erroneous laws surrounding suppressors?
If you do you’re not alone. The ridiculous amount of paperwork, added expense of paying for a tax stamp and the excessive wait time to get a suppressor has lots of gun owners rightfully upset.
Especially when you sit and think about how needless all of the above truly are.
No one in their right mind can honestly call suppressors “crime assistance accessories.” But that’s exactly what the liberal media and gun control groups label them to be.
If you listen to their attack rhetoric on suppressors you’d think the only reason people get them is so they can sneak around and commit crimes without detection.
Regardless of how the left feels about suppressors the truth is there are millions and millions of Americans who would love to have them. And those 2A supporters have put enough pressure on lawmakers that they’ve sufficiently changed the game on getting suppressors deregulated as NFA items.
Just this past week a new series of laws packaged together under the SHARE act (Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act) passed a subcommittee in Congress to help deregulate the ownership of suppressors.
Far more robust than the Hearing Protection Act which was pieced together last year by the gun lobby, the SHARE Act wouldn’t just deregulate suppressors…it would also allow anyone who purchased a suppressor post-Oct 22, 2015 to get a refund on their tax stamp.
Here’s what Guns.com has to say about this exciting new development.
The Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement or SHARE Act, blends popular initiatives to safeguard and expand hunting and fishing rights and practices across public land with one to drop suppressors from National Firearms Act regulation. South Carolina Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, the sponsor of the bill, has been working with Democrats within the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to try and garner support from across the aisle.
“It concerns me enough that we’ve talked to them about it,” Duncan said. “At the end of the day, I hope they will embrace it.”
Going beyond the Hearing Protection Act, which would remove silencers and suppressors from NFA requirements that include a $200 tax stamp, the SHARE Act would mandate the more than 1.3 million already registered be deleted from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ records within 365 days of the bill becoming law. Further, while states would not be required to allow their sale or possession, they would be barred from establishing their own potentially prohibitive taxes or registration requirements on legal devices.
In the end, suppressors would be treated as firearms – which would allow them to be transferred through any regular federal firearms license holders to anyone not prohibited from possessing them after the buyer passes an FBI instant background check.
If this measure passes in the Senate not only would it be a huge win for the second amendment activists and shooters…it would also serve as a huge boon to the gun industry.
Presently the $200 tax stamp and the 12+ month waiting period has pinched the suppressor market.
Manufacturers don’t want to design suppressors knowing there’s so much red tape standing in the way of consumers buying their products. However, if there were substantially fewer restrictions on them then you’d likely see the number of companies creating these accessories go up…while prices would fall.
Typically a suppressor would run a gun owner $800 – $1,200. If more companies began manufacturing then it’s quite possible prices would fall 10-15% as the increase in competition would drive prices down.
Cross your fingers and see if Dems and RINOs in Congress would actually approve the SHARE Act in its entirety.