You may have heard them referred to as "suppressors," "silencers" or simply as "cans," but they're all the same thing: simple devices that significantly reduce the report from firearms. Since 1934, under the National Firearms Act, suppressors have been regulated heavily, requiring buyers to send an application to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), pay a $200 tax, and pass an arduously time-consuming ATF background check. The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) announced its support October 22, 2015 for the Hearing Protection Act. Sponsored by Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-05), the legislation removes suppressors from those regulations. Under Salmon’s bill there will be no application, no tax, and buyers would be required to pass the same National Criminal Instant Background Check (NICS) as law-abiding gun owners.
“Suppressors significantly reduce the chance of hearing loss for anyone who enjoys the shooting sports,” said Chris 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."