House to Vote on Gun Silencer Legislation This Week


House to Vote on Gun Silencer Legislation This Week

The House is poised to pass legislation legalizing the use of gun silencers as early as this week, a move that critics say could make it more difficult to identify where gunshots are coming from during a mass shooting like the one that took place in Las Vegas Sunday night.

A provision called the Hearing Protection Act, tucked into the bipartisan Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement, or SHARE Act, would eliminate restrictions on silencers and instead treat them as ordinary firearms. Under the National Firearms Act of 1934, suppressors - along with "destructive devices" such as grenades or rocket launchers, "sawed-off" shotguns and machine guns - require federal registration and a special license to own, as well as a $200 tax stamp to purchase that would also be repealed under the proposed law.

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