Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) have introduced companion bills that would remove suppressors, or so-called “silencers” from being regulated under the National Firearms Act.
The Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act (the SHUSH Act) completely removes them from all federal regulations, making them as legal to own as any other standard gun accessory.
Dudley Brown, the president of the National Association for Gun Rights praised the actions of Sen. Lee and Rep. Good.
“Sen. Lee and Rep. Good are champions for gun rights, and their joint legislation displays their dedication to restoring the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “Most in Congress who support silencer freedom want full deregulation, and that’s exactly what Lee and Good are doing with their bills.”
“Suppressors are accessories and should be treated just like magazines, scopes or gun stocks. Treating an accessory the same as a gun sets a bad precedence for anti-gun legislators to further regulate other accessories in the future. There’s no reason they should be subjected to the Brady registration scheme,” Brown added.
Sen. Lee announced the bill’s introduction on Twitter, stating that the ban on suppressors “only hurts the eardrums of millions of hunters, sportsmen, and marksmen each year, and serves to provide surreptitious gun control.”
1/3 The current, oppressive process required to buy silencers only hurts the eardrums of millions of hunters, sportsmen, and marksmen each year, and serves to provide surreptitious gun control.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) April 14, 2021
While suppressors are currently legal, Americans are required to go through the same process they would to obtain a machine gun. The process involves lengthy amounts of paperwork, and a $200 tax stamp to obtain.
At its core, a suppressor is far from how they are cartoonishly depicted in movies. They are not “silent,” but rather suppressed in order to protect hearing. Many European countries that have extremely strict gun control laws, are far more permissive on suppressors, considering they are a device that protects the hearing of a shooter.
The SHUSH Act was previously filed in 2017 by Sen. Lee, and former Rep. Steve King. It is the job of gun owners to ensure that the bill makes it farther than last time, by contacting their Representatives.
You can find your Representative at this link. Call them and urge them to support the SHUSH Act, filed by Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Mike Good.