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*** News/Call To Action - Illinois ***

The continuing push to legalize suppressors in Illinois: An interview with Knox Williams of the American Suppressor Association, where he urges gun owners to contact their state senators and ask them to support the legislation (Senate Bill 206). The bill has passed the state house and is waiting on a vote in the senate. The Governor has said he will sign it, if passed.

You can use the NRA's "Take Action" Tool to contact your state senator and urge them to support the bill.

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ASA - Illinois Suppressor Legislation Passes Committee Vote

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Senate Bill 206 has been passed in the Judiciary Committee in a 7-5 vote. It now heads to the full Senate for a floor vote. The Judiciary Hearing was placed on the calendar at 2:11pm, to be held at 4:00pm. ASA staff rushed to Springfield to continue to work the bill and gather support. ASA urges our supporters that live in Illinois to contact their senators and respectfully request them to support and vote YES on the bill. This is happening very quickly and we will provide updates through our social media channels as information becomes available.

NRA State Official Lookup Tool (Illinois)

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I did a progress post a few months back. It inspired me to go back a bit further in time and research what the lay of the land was a few months before I started making these maps.

In the period between March 1, 2012 and June 10, 2016,

14 states legalized the use of suppressors while hunting (Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming)

3 states, which allowed limited hunting of non-game animals with suppressors, legalized suppressed hunting of all animals (Florida, Louisiana, Montana)

3 states legalized the possession of suppressors (Iowa, Minnesota, Vermont).

A total of 18 states liberalized their suppressor laws within a 4 year, 3 month period.

Of the 10 states left to work on, most are in the North-East. With the full or partial victories in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, I think there's a good chance that a few more can be flipped, if not all of them.

March 01, 2012


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*** Call To Action - Illinois ***

From the American Suppressor Association:

Alright folks in Illinois. It's time to get on the phone and email and contact your Senators and encourage them to bring SB206 to a vote and ask them to vote YES. Let's make Illinois the 43rd state to legalize suppressors! Please share this with your fellow gun owners in Illinois.

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ASA - Illinois: Suppressor Bill Needs Your Help

For several years, the American Suppressor Association has worked alongside the National Rifle Association and members of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses on legislation to legalize the ownership and use of suppressors in the state of Illinois. Although the legislation was unable to pass in 2016, it has been reintroduced by state Senator William Haine as Senate Bill 50.

S.B. 50, which seeks to legalize suppressor ownership and use while hunting in Illinois, has been scheduled for a committee hearing on Wendesday, January 25th at 9:00 AM. If passed, it will bring Illinois in line with the 42 states that currently allow civilians to own suppressors, and the 40 states that allow hunters to use them in the field.

If you live in Illinois, it is important that you contact your state Senator and politely urge them to support SB 50. You can contact your state Senator by clicking the NRA-ILA’s link below:

NRA-ILA Tool

Also, please follow these steps to fill out a witness slip in support of S.B. 50:

  1. Go to the ILGA Dashboard at my.ilga.gov
  2. On the left, click “Senate” > “Committee Hearings”
  3. Under “Scheduled Senate Committee Hearings” click “Week”
  4. On the right, click the “View Hearing Details” tab for Criminal Law
  5. On the right, click the “Create Witness Slip” tab for S.B. 50
  6. Fill out the information. In Section III, check “Proponent”, and in Section IV, check “Record of Appearance Only”


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*** News - California ***

A bill has been introduced in the California Senate to legalize the possession of suppressors and their use while hunting.

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Sacramento, CA – On Friday, February 17th, State Senator Joel Anderson (R-38) introduced Senate Bill 710, a bill which seeks to legalize suppressor ownership and their use while hunting in California. The legislation, which is backed by the American Suppressor Association (ASA), is awaiting committee referral. It currently has five additional co-authors in the Senate, and two co-authors in the Assembly.

If enacted, SB 710 will bring California in line with the 42 states that currently allow civilians to own suppressors, and the 40 states that allow hunters to use them in the field. Since 2011, three states have legalized suppressor ownership, and 18 states have legalized suppressor hunting. As part of the ASA’s No State Left Behind campaign, similar legislation has been introduced in Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont.

“Most of the country has already come to understand the health benefits to sportsmen and sportswomen from suppressors,” said Sen. Anderson, primary author of SB 710. “They are not the silencers depicted by Hollywood, but they do protect the hearing of sportsmen and women. That is why I am carrying this bill. Every time someone triggers their firearm without a suppressor or ear protection there is permanent hearing damage – it’s not a question of if, but how much. If this were any other industry, the government would demand such protection as they did with cars and mufflers. It’s the same technology. Situational awareness is a crucial safety aspect, which is why so many hunters choose to forego wearing ear protection. Suppressors are the answer, for these reasons and many others.”

According to multiple studies, between 70 to 80 percent of hunters never wear traditional hearing protection devices like earplugs or earmuffs while hunting, largely because they want the ability to hear their surroundings. These same studies found that just over half of recreational shooters reported consistently wearing hearing protection during target practice (Stewart et al, 2011).

In a 2011 study, entitled “Noise and Lead Exposures at an Outdoor Firing Range – California”, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated, “The only potentially effective noise control method to reduce students’ or instructors’ noise exposure from gunfire is through the use of noise suppressors that can be attached to the end of the gun barrel. However, some states do not permit civilians to use suppressors on firearms.” In a similar study from 2014 on noise exposure at shooting ranges, NIOSH recommended, “If feasible and legally permissible, attach noise suppressors to firearms to reduce peak sound pressure levels.”

“Hollywood’s depiction of suppressors might be entertaining, but it has no basis in reality,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. “What is real is that hearing loss related to recreational firearm use is a widespread issue that suppressors can help fix. We applaud Senator Anderson for leading the charge to help protect the hearing of the millions of law abiding gun owners and hunters in the Golden State. We look forward to working with him to ensure that future generations of sportsmen and women in California are able to more effectively protect their hearing while at the range and in the field.”


Source: http://americansuppressorassoc...pressors-introduced/



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