Utah Senator Mike Lee reintroduced a bill to ease restrictions on gun suppressors. At approximately the same time, Senate Democrats reintroduced a bill to ban gun suppressors. Then the mass shooting at the FedEx Ground Facility in Indianapolis occurred Thursday night. Which bill do you think has a better chance of passage?
Senator Lee’s bill is called the ‘Silencers Help Us Save Hearing Act,’ or “SHUSH.” As we all know, a suppressor drops the decibels of a gun being fired to a level than can help save the gun owner’s hearing. It never totally silences the report of a gun, only diminishes it.
New Jersey Democrats Sen. Bob Menendez and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman on Thursday introduced legislation to ban gun silencers.
The 2021 Help Empower Americans to Respond (HEAR) Act, which Menendez first introduced in 2019 after the Virginia Beach mass shooting that killed 12 people, bans the sale, manufacturing, importation, transfer and possession of gun silencers.
“Gun silencers are dangerous devices with one purpose and one purpose only – to muffle the sound of gunfire from unsuspecting victims,” Menendez said in a Thursday statement. “The sound of gunshots is what signals you to run, hide, take cover, call the police and help others save themselves; however, this is nearly impossible when a gun silencer is used.”He described the bill as “commonsense legislation that will prevent armed assailants from using these deadly devices to make it easier to shoot and kill another person.”
Watson Coleman called silencers “tools of murder” in a Thursday statement.
“They have no legal application, which is why law enforcement officials around the country have been calling for their elimination,” she said, adding that the HEAR Act “will save lives and is part of the common-sense approach to firearms legislation that polls show has widespread support among voters on both sides of the aisle.”“They have no legal application, which is why law enforcement officials around the country have been calling for their elimination,” she said, adding that the HEAR Act “will save lives and is part of the common-sense approach to firearms legislation that polls show has widespread support among voters on both sides of the aisle.”
Silencers do no such thing. The suppressor reduces the sound but by no means “silences it.” Suppressors are currently heavily regulated through the NFA. If the Democrats would quit watching television and movies, they might know the difference. And where they are getting the idea that victims can’t run from the sound is completely idiotic – even when the shooter in Virginia Beach used one, many heard the shots and were able to run.
Then we have the bill introduced by Senator Mike Lee, which seeks to reduce the regulations of the suppressors so that more ordinary people can access them. It has not a chance in h*** of passing, especially now. We certainly wish it could, but the reality is that it will not.
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Lee said his bill, the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act, would eliminate the “onerous” regulation to make a legal sport safer for millions of Americans. Sens. Ted Cruz, of Texas, and John Cornyn, of Texas, are co-sponsoring the legislation, and Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., introduced a companion bill in the House.
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