U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., introduced the Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 3799) on Thursday. Designed to remove suppressors and silencers from regulations established under the National Firearms Act of 1934, the bill has been endorsed by the American Suppressor Association (ASA) and the NRA.
“Suppressors significantly reduce the chance of hearing loss for anyone who enjoys the shooting sports,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “On behalf of the NRA and our 5 million members, I want to thank Rep. Salmon for his leadership on this important bill."
In a press release about the legislation, the ASA wrote: “Despite common Hollywood-based misconceptions, the laws of physics dictate that no suppressor will ever be able to render gunfire silent. Suppressors are simply mufflers for firearms. In addition to hearing protection, suppressors also mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting lands.”