Gun silencers are exactly what they sound like: a device that greatly silences the sound of a deafening gun shot.
Right now, silences are heavily regulated in parts of the country, and even banned in other parts! However, federal lawmakers are working hard to remove those regulations. There are currently a handful of bills being proposed that will do so, and may even overrule the ban in some states as well.
Gun suppressors have been heavily regulated since the Great Depression. They reduce the sound of a gunshot to levels that aren’t as damaging to a shooter’s hearing. That’s why U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has introduced a bill that would deregulate them. There is also a companion bill in the Senate sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
National Association of Gun Rights President Dudley Brown stresses suppressors are made to preserve hearing ability.
Brown said, “It’s a broad freedom that is largely unpracticed in America except through incredible regulation. We want to get rid of that.”
Unfortunately, silencers have been given an “unfair portrayal” by Hollywood. They are made to seem like horrible devices, and they really aren’t.
He said, “You’ll still know that someone is shooting, but it won’t be as damaging to your eardrum.”
Modern suppressors take a normal pistol’s 140 to 160 decibel report and reduce it to between 120 and 130 decibels.
In Illinois, they are banned outright. Brown was unsure if the new bill or its companion in the Senate would override that ban. A bill sponsored by state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, would have lifted the ban in Illinois but it never made it out of committee last year.
Gun control advocates say the deregulation of these bills would have deadly consequences.
Violence Policy Center Legislative Director Kristen Rand said that “Silencers are military-bred accessories that make it easier for criminals to take innocent lives and threaten law enforcement.”
In that case, guns are the same thing. Just because some people use it for bad does not mean that everyone should be punished. A majority of gun owners are law-abiding folks. They aren’t the ones out killing police officers and shooting up the city. In fact, they are the ones who carry to protect themselves and others against the thugs who do go around shooting the place up.
What do you think? Should silencers be more accessible?