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The meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in which they will make the final decision on whether to allow Suppressed Hunting of Game Animals, will be held next week on Nov. 20 & 21. Look for a possible map update then, if this goes into immediate effect.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Meetings



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The final vote on whether to allow suppressed hunting in Florida will be held on Friday, Nov. 21. The American Suppressor Association is urging that you voice your opinion to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in support of legalization (contact link at the end of linked article).

American Suppressor Association: Florida Suppressor Hunting Regulation Needs Your Help



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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved suppressed hunting for game animals on private and public lands, effective immediately.

Source: American Suppressor Association - Florida: Hunting With Suppressors Legal Effective Immediately


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Congratulations Floridians!

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Ohio may become the fifth state this year to legalize suppressed hunting. The Ohio Senate passed a bill allowing suppressed hunting. The bill moves to Gov. Kasich for signature.

Source: American Suppressor Association - Ohio: Pro-Suppressor Legislation Passed, Heading To Governor



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Ohio HB-234 was sent to the Governor on 12/10/2014 and he has 10 days to sign it or veto it. If you just count working days he will have to sign it into law by Christmas Eve 12/24/2014. I'll be shooting him an email reminder. Wink


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Let's hope he does. It's long overdue. It would be nice to end the year with adding a fifth state to the map.

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The 2012 map lists Ohio as illegal to possess a Suppressor which was not correct.

Ohio has sent a bill to the Governor that will allow hunting in Ohio with suppressors, and will reduce the training for CHL from 12 hours as it is now to 8 hours, keeping the 2 hours range time. This combined bill will also recognize more states CCW or CHL licenses. Hopefully Indiana, since they honor ours.
http://shar.es/13JWkU

The Ohio Senate has passed amended substitute House Bill 234 by a 24 - 6 vote. The bill will now head back to the House for a concurrence vote and on to the Governor.


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OHIO HB-234 SIGNED INTO LAW
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December 19, 2014

Today at a public signing ceremony, Governor John Kasich (R) signed into law House Bill 234, comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation. HB 234 will take effect in ninety days.

While originally a bill allowing for the use of suppressors while hunting, the Senate Civil Justice Committee added many other pro-gun provisions to HB 234. HB 234 then passed in the Ohio Senate by a 24 to 6 vote on December 9, and was concurred by the state House of Representatives by a 72 to 21 vote on December 10.

HB 234 makes a number of positive changes to Ohio’s firearm laws. HB 234, as signed into law:

Improves the concealed handgun license process by (1) reducing the number of training hours required from 12 to 8 hours, (2) eliminating minimum length-of-residency requirements, (3) allowing non-residents who work in Ohio to apply for a CHL in the county or adjacent county in which they work, and (4) makes special provisions for members of the military who have been honorably discharged or retired, extending their competency certification from six years to ten years after honorable discharge or retirement.

Expands concealed carry reciprocity to visitors and persons temporarily in Ohio who have valid out-of-state licenses, regardless of whether the license-issuing state has entered into a reciprocity agreement with Ohio.

Repeals the prohibition on Ohio citizens buying and/or selling long guns or ammunition from only the five contiguous states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Citizens of Ohio can now purchase and/or sell rifles and shotguns in any state as long as the firearm laws in both states are obeyed.

Includes a “shall certify” provision which requires a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) to sign off on an application to transfer an item regulated by the National Firearms Act, once the application procedure and requirements are met. This provision eliminates personal bias towards NFA-related items, requiring CLEOs to sign off and process the application in the same way they do a concealed handgun license.

Allows for the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting in the Buckeye State.

Brings Ohio’s definition of “automatic firearm” in line with the federal definition, limiting it to only any firearm designed or adapted to fire a succession of cartridges with a single function of the trigger.

Your NRA thanks you for your active involvement in the passage and enactment of HB 234, as well as the state legislators who voted for its passage. We also thank Governor Kasich for signing this important pro-gun reform into law.


The bill will go on to the Secretary of State and once he certifies the bill it will take effect in 90 days...so about the end of March 2015.


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Congratulations! And congratulations to all Ohio hunters! It's been long time coming.

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P.S. I'll get the map updated, once I know if there are any restrictions on where one can hunt suppressed.

ETA: The effective date of the law will be posted here Ohio HB 234. Thanks to member Gary Slider for the info.

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*** Update - Ohio ***

A hard date for the Ohio law to go into effect has been released, which is March 19, 2015. Here's the new map reflecting Ohio's status. As best as I've been able to ascertain the law is unrestricted w.r.t. animals and lands. I will revise the map, should I find out otherwise.

Source: Daily Advocate: Governor signs amended gun legislation


Hunting with Suppressors Map - Ohio




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Now all we need is to get Michigan on board allow the use suppressors for hunting. The NRC still thinks that it will increase poaching. Yet they allow the use of crossbows for hunting, the perfect poaching tool. I once knew a person who admitted to taking deer at night with a crossbow back in the eighty's. He's no longer with us. Died long ago.
 
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Now all we need is to get Michigan on board allow the use suppressors for hunting. The NRC still thinks that it will increase poaching. Yet they allow the use of crossbows for hunting, the perfect poaching tool. I once knew a person who admitted to taking deer at night with a crossbow back in the eighty's. He's no longer with us. Died long ago.


I agree. Looking at the map, Michigan is low hanging fruit (suppressors are already legal there). The other suppressor legal states that don't allow hunting are all located in the NE and of them, I would think only Maine and New Hampshire would have any possibility of allowing suppressed hunting. Outside of those states, I could see Iowa or Minnesota being the next targets. Of course there would be two humps to overcome in these states, suppressor legality and suppressed hunting.



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It looks like the American Suppressor Association is working on getting suppressors legalized in Illinois.

Bill would allow Illinois gun owners to use silencers

ETA: Found this op-ed on legalization in Illinois (02/25/15): Voice of the Reader: Suppressor bill will win debate

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It looks like New Hampshire is next on the list for legalizing suppressed hunting.

New Hampshire: ASA Backed Suppressor Hunting Bill Scheduled For Public Hearing

Note: There's a list of members of the New Hampshire House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee in the article, whom you can contact to support this bill.



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MT has a suppressor bill pending at the moment ...
 
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MT has a suppressor bill pending at the moment ...


Do you have a link to the bill or an article about it?

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ETA: I found this on the NRA-ILA's site (1/2 way down the page)

Montana: Pro-Gun Bills are Progressing in the Legislature, Your Action Needed


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On Tuesday, the Senate Fish and Game Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 295. Sponsored by state Senator Mark Blasdel (R-4), SB 295 would remove the prohibition on the legal use of suppressors while hunting. Currently, hunters and sportsmen in 35 states across the country are able to use these sound suppressing devices for the taking of wildlife.

There are numerous benefits to hunting with suppressed firearms, including:

Elimination of noise complaints frequently used as an excuse to close hunting lands throughout the country, resulting in the protection of hunting areas well into the future.
Reduction of recoil and muzzle rise resulting in increased accuracy of hunters. More accurate shooting in the field means fewer wounded and lost animals, good for both hunters and wildlife.
Reduction in muzzle report to hearing-safe levels, limiting the risk that the hunter or anyone with the hunter will suffer permanent hearing loss if they fail to use hearing protection.
A vote could occur at any time on Senate Bill 295. It is important that you contact members of the Senate Fish and Game Committee and urge them to support SB 295 when it comes up for a vote. Contact information for Committee members is provided below.



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A little late. The New Hampshire bill (HB 500) went before the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee in an executive session today.

NRA-ILA: New Hampshire: Hunting with Suppressor Bill Scheduled for Executive Session Tomorrow



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I found this very fair piece from the Chicago media on the effort to legalize suppressors in Illinois.

CBS Chicago: Gun Advocates Call For Lifting Ban On Silencers In Illinois



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Legislation has been introduced to legalize suppressor ownership in Iowa. There's a list of legislators to contact at the end of the article.

Iowa: Suppressor Ownership Legislation Introduced, Needs Your Support



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Legislation has been introduced in Minnesota to legalize suppressors and suppressed hunting. Contact list for legislators in the article.

Minnesota: ASA Backed Suppressor Ownership Legislation Introduced



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