Hearing Protection Act to Remove Silencers from NFA Regulation
The main mission of the American Suppressor Association (ASA) has always been to get the National Firearms Act (NFA) regulation removed from silencers so they could be purchased just like a normal firearm. Well, that may happen very soon! The U.S. House of Representatives now has a bill being proposed by Matt Salmon (R-Arizona) called the “Hearing Protection Act” (phenomenal name by the way, the individual that penned that title needs a raise).
What the Hearing Protection Act or H.R. 3799 would accomplish is tremendous! Currently, you have to fill out a Form 4 (NFA Federal background check) which takes about 2-4 months to get approved to buy a silencer. If the Hearing Protection Act would pass, you could instead fill out a standard Form 4473 (Federal background check for non-NFA firearms) which takes anywhere from 2-10 minutes on the short end or 5 business days at most if you’re delayed.
The Hearing Protection Act would also eliminate the $200 Tax stamp. So you would only pay the price of the silencer you want; nothing more.
These two revisions would boost silencer sales tremendously since most individuals don’t buy one because they either: (A) Don’t want to pay an extra $200, (B) Don’t want to wait an extra 2-4 months or (C) All of the above.
A third small, but significant item to note in this bill is the “Preemption to State Laws in Relation to Silencers.” What this small section simply states is if the bill passes, this Federal law would be the final say. No state, municipality, or county could try to regulate silencers or overrule the bill. Silencers would be equal to normal firearms in regards to background checks and paperwork. It’d be cut-‘n-dry; black-‘n-white; no “ifs,” “ands,” or “buts” about it.
This bill by Matt Salmon (R-Arizona) has 10 Co-Sponsors and strong, early support from the ASA and NRA who also helped in drafting the bill. The upside of this bill for firearm owners, sportsmen and sportswomen is truly phenomenal!
- Eliminates $200 Tax Stamp; No Extra Fees
- Background Check would become Minutes not Months
- No State or City Laws could Regulate Otherwise; This Law is for Everybody
An overview of H.R. 3799 has been released ahead of time before it’ll be shown to the public in its entirety.
Exciting times lay ahead for all of us! Now we just have to play the not-so-fun game of let’s wait and see what happens…