House to Vote on Gun Silencer Legislation This Week
|Tue, October 3, 2017 at 6:52 AM| Share on Facebook
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would also be repealed under the proposed law.