The American Suppressor Association has been working diligently to remove suppressors (i.e. silencers) from the National Firearms Act.  The Hearing Protection Act of 2015 was introduced in October 2015.   H.R.3799 states, in summary, “This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers, and (2) treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer. Any person who pays a tax on a silencer after October 22, 2015 may receive a refund of such tax.”

The American Suppressor Association was formed in 2011 by the suppressor industry with a number of goals.  First and foremost, they support and promote pro-suppressor regulations and laws.  They have been instrumental in lobbying for the legalization of suppressor ownership and to legalize suppressors for hunting.

In my home state of Texas, suppressors were legalized for hunting in 2012.  Since that time suppressors have exploded in popularity.  I would guess that about 30% of the hunters on our deer lease regularly hunt with suppressors and I’m guessing that number would be higher except for the necessity to have a threaded barrel – and some guys are mighty fond of their favorite deer rifle.

Learn more about the Hearing Protection Act here.  Contact your legislature today!

The SilencerShop has been front and center in the fight.  We know these guys personally and they are passionate about promoting suppressors.  Gemtech, SilencerCo, AAC, and many other industry partners sponsor the American Suppressor Association.  You should join today!

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Publisher of Tactical Gun Review. Managing partner of Coker Tactical. I love hunting for Texas whitetail deer, wild hogs, and high-volume Argentina dove. When not hunting you can find me fishing along the Texas Coast or on a wild Colorado river.
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