Gun rights groups are putting their might behind Republican legislation that would ease restrictions for firearm owners looking to buy silencers.
Roundly panned by gun control advocates, the Hearing Protection Act introduced this week by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) aims to provide hunters with easier access to gun silencers.
“Suppressors significantly reduce the chance of hearing loss for anyone who enjoys the shooting sports,” Chris Cox, executive director of National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm, said in a statement.
Gun silencers, or suppressors, not only reduce the noise, but also the recoil from firing a shot, advocates say.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Gun Owners of America (GOA), and American Suppressor Association are also backing the legislation.
GOA executive director Larry Pratt said it is “not only unconstitutional but embarrassing” that the government places so many restrictions on the purchase of gun silencers.