Position: Oppose Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Currently, gunfire suppressors (often called silencers) are regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) which also regulates the sale and possession of automatic rifles. (Yes, people still own fully automatic rifles even though they are heavily regulated.)
The Deadly Silence Act will allow gunfire suppressors to be deregulated and be sold to the public without regard to the dangers posed by silencers.
History on HR 367 from the American Suppressor Association: "In 2011, the American Suppressor Association formed with one primary goal in mind: remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act. For years, we have quietly worked behind the scenes in Washington, D.C. to set the stage for [the] Hearing Protection Act..." http://americansuppressorassociation.com/hearing-protection-act/
From Salon.com: "By muffling the noise generated with every shot...a silencer would provide a new degree of intimacy for public mass murder, delaying by crucial seconds or minutes the moment when someone calls the police after overhearing strange bangs coming from Theater 4 or Classroom D. The same qualities that make silencers the accessory of choice for targeted assassination offer advantages to the armed psychopath set on indiscriminate mass murder." http://www.salon.com/2012/12/30/silencers_the_nras_latest_big_lie/
The American Suppressor Association (ASA) claims they only want to protect the hearing of gun enthusiasts. (Ceasefire Oregon suggests ear muffs which are inexpensive and effective.) The ASA professes to be concerned about the "tender ears of young shooters." Too bad they are not concerned about the tender bodies of young gunshot victims.
The so-called Hearing Protection Act has been introduced in the 2017 session as HR 367. The bill currently has 104 cosponsors. (103R, 1D)
Sole Democratic sponsor is Gene Green [D-TX29]
Call your legislators NOW and tell them to vote NO on HR 367, the Deadly Silence Act.
S 59 is a companion bill in the Senate.
The ASA cares about legal tender, not tender hearing.
Read more about the dangers of silencers at Violence Policy Center.
HR 367 makes money for the American Suppressor Association but Americans pay the cost with the lives of our loved ones.
Cleveland Elementary School (Stockton, CA) shooting, January 17, 1989. Vietnam War veteran hears the AK 47 open fire and calls to alert the school:
How it sounded at first depended on where you were at approximately 11:45 a.m. Many of the kids on the playground or field thought they heard firecrackers. From her classroom, a fourth-grade teacher mistook it for a drum tap. A 911 caller who announced himself as a Vietnam War veteran declared it was fire from an AK-47 rifle. The dispatcher summoned her supervisor. “Listen to this,” she told him before replaying a tape recording of the call. They couldn’t hear the sound in question but were struck instead by the caller’s certitude. “You could tell from his voice that he was dead serious,” recalls Ken Uehling, who oversaw the Stockton fire and medical dispatch center on the morning of Jan. 17. “This was not a prank. He knew what he knew.”
From “Trigger Effect,” S.T. Vanairsdale, SacTown Magazine, emphasis added.
Find your legislator, then CALL! Tell them to vote NO HR 367.
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Oregon Federal Legislators:
Senator Ron Wyden: (503) 326-7525
Senator Jeff Merkley: (503) 326-3386
Cong. Suzanne Bonamici: (503) 469-6010
Cong. Greg Walden: (541) 389-4408
Cong. Earl Blumenauer: (503) 231-2300
Cong. Peter DeFazio: (541) 465-6732
Cong. Kurt Schrader: (503) 557-1324