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Today suppressors became legal possess in Vermont. Congratulations!




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As of yesterday suppressors are legal to hunt with in Minnesota. Congratulation!




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ASA is continuing the campaign to legalize suppressors in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts: ASA Testifies In Favor Of Suppressor Legalization Bill

Last Tuesday, July 14th, the ASA’s General Counsel testified in front of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary in support of H. 1305, a bill that would legalize private suppressor ownership in Massachusetts. H. 1305 is a short bill that would replace the current law that prohibits the possession of suppressors by non-manufacturers with language that allows private individuals to own and possess suppressors so long as they are not (1) prohibited persons; (2) committing a violent felony; (3) committing a crime of violence against a family member; or (4) possessing or selling controlled substances.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn), Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), and Rep. Stephen DiNatale (D-Fitchburg), also received supporting testimony from Jim Wallace, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL), Rep. Frost, Chris Graham, owner of Yankee Hill Machine, and several other members of the public. Only one person, anti-gun Rep. David Linsky, spoke against the bill.

The ASA is very appreciative of the efforts made by GOAL and Rep. Frost, who drafted and introduced H. 1305, as well as Sen. Gobi and Rep. DiNatale for agreeing to cosponsor it. The hearing before the Judiciary Committee is the first step of a long legislative process, but the ASA is optimistic that Massachusetts will become the 42nd state to legalize private suppressor ownership in the near future.



ETA: This linked print article from Guns & Ammo indicates that ASA is still actively trying to change the law to allow for suppressed hunting in Michigan.



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ASA - New Hampshire: ASA Backed Suppressor Hunting Bill Scheduled For Work Session

From the American Suppressor Association:

A subcommittee of the New Hampshire House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 500 during a work session on Thursday, August 20 at 10:00 A.M. in the Legislative Office Building (LOB), Room 308. Sponsored by Rep. John Burt (R-39), the bill seeks to legalize the use of suppressors while hunting in the Granite State. Hunters are currently able to use suppressors in 37 states, although hunters in Maine cannot use them until the new law takes effect on October 15.

Suppressors, which are already legal to possess in New Hampshire, are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman.


Please contact the members of the subcommittee today and urge them to support HB 500. Contact information can be found here:

Representative Joe Duarte (R-Rockingham 2) – Subcommittee Chairman
joe.duarte@leg.state.nh.us

Representative James Spillane (R-Rockingham 2)
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Representative Jonathan Manley (D-Hillsborough 3)
Jonathan.Manley@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Richard McNamara (D-Hillsborough 38)
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Representative C. Lee Guerette (D-Hillsborough 33)
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A brief update on the New Hampshire suppressed hunting bill.

New Hampshire: ASA-Backed Suppressor Hunting Bill Passes Subcommittee, Heads To Committee

Yesterday, August 20th, HB 500, an ASA-backed bill that would legalize hunting with suppressors in New Hampshire, passed out of a subcommittee of the New Hampshire House of Representative’s Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee on a 3-2 vote. The ASA’s General Counsel testified before the subcommittee in support of the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. John Burt (R-39). The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s Director Northeastern States, Brent Miller, also submitted testimony in support of the bill. Now that HB 500 has passed out of subcommittee, it will head to the full Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee for a vote, which has yet to be scheduled.



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New Hampshire: ASA-Backed Suppressor Hunting Bill Passes Subcommittee, Heads To Committee

Yesterday, August 20th, HB 500, an ASA-backed bill that would legalize hunting with suppressors in New Hampshire, passed out of a subcommittee of the New Hampshire House of Representative’s Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee on a 3-2 vote. The ASA’s General Counsel testified before the subcommittee in support of the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. John Burt (R-39). The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s Director Northeastern States, Brent Miller, also submitted testimony in support of the bill. Now that HB 500 has passed out of subcommittee, it will head to the full Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee for a vote, which has yet to be scheduled.

Suppressors, which are already legal to possess in New Hampshire, are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman. Despite common misconceptions, suppressors are not silent. They are simply mufflers for firearms.

The ASA looks forward to working with Rep. Burt and the CSF to get this bill passed and make New Hampshire the 38th state to legalize hunting with suppressors. We will keep you updated as this bill progresses.



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Today it becomes legal to use a suppressor while hunting in Maine.

Congratulations, Maine!


ETA-Caveat: I've heard rumors that suppressed hunting in Maine will not go into effect until January 1, 2016, and will require a separate state permit to hunt with them. I will attempt to clarify this and report what I find here in this post.

If you intend to hunt suppressed in Maine this season, I advise contacting Maine's Dept. Of Natural Resources.



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Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife got back to me today.

You DO need to apply for a separate permit to hunt with a suppressor. A link to the application is below. They did not give me a hard date on when the law will go into effect. I would contact them, if you plan on hunting suppressed there this season.

Maine Application To hunt w/ a suppressor


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New Hampshire: ASA-Backed Suppressor Hunting Bill Passes Out Of Committee

Yesterday, October 15th, HB 500, an ASA-backed bill that would legalize hunting with suppressors in New Hampshire, passed out of the New Hampshire House of Representative’s Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee on a 7-5 vote. The ASA attended the hearing, which featured numerous committee members speaking on behalf of the legislation. Rep. James Spillane (R- Rockingham 02) in particular spoke strongly in favor of expanding the ability of hunters to preserve their hearing by using suppressors in the field. Now that HB 500, which is sponsored by Rep. John Burt (R-Hillsborough 39), has passed out of committee, it will head to the full legislature when the next legislative session begins in January. No date has been set for this bill’s debate, but the ASA will keep you up to date as the situation unfolds.

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ASA Announces Hearing Protection Act: A Bill To Remove Suppressors From The NFA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the introduction of the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) by Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05). This historic piece of legislation will remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act (NFA), replacing the antiquated federal transfer process with an instantaneous NICS background check. The HPA also includes a provision to refund the $200 transfer tax to applicants who purchase a suppressor after October 22, 2015.

“The American Suppressor Association believes that citizens should not have to pay a tax to protect their hearing while exercising their Second Amendment rights,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the ASA. “The removal of suppressors from the National Firearms Act has been our ultimate goal since day one. For months, we have worked alongside Rep. Salmon’s office and the National Rifle Association to craft this legislation. Although we recognize that introducing this bill is the first step in what will be a lengthy process to change federal law, we look forward to working with Rep. Salmon and the NRA to advance and ultimately enact this common-sense legislation.”

Also known as silencers, suppressors are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman. Despite common Hollywood-based misconceptions, the laws of physics dictate that no suppressor will ever be able to render gunfire silent. Suppressors are simply mufflers for firearms, which function by trapping the expanding gasses at the muzzle, allowing them to slowly cool in a controlled environment. On average, suppressors reduce the noise of a gunshot by 20 – 35 decibels (dB), roughly the same sound reduction as earplugs or earmuffs. In addition to hearing protection, suppressors also mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting lands.

Unfortunately, suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. The NFA regulates the transfer and possession of certain types of firearms and devices, including suppressors. Currently, prospective buyers must send in a Form 4 application to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax per suppressor, undergo the same background check that is required to purchase a machine gun, and wait months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.

Rep. Salmon’s Hearing Protection Act will fix the flawed federal treatment of suppressors, making it easier for hunters and sportsmen to protect their hearing in the 41 states where private suppressor ownership is currently legal, and the 37 states where hunting with a suppressor is legal. This legislation will remove suppressors from the onerous requirements of the NFA, and instead require purchasers to pass an instant NICS check, the same background check that is used during the sale of long guns. In doing so, law-abiding citizens will remain free to purchase suppressors, while prohibited persons will continue to be barred from purchasing or possessing these accessories.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SUPPRESSOR ASSOCIATION

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor industry. Our mission is to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distribu­tors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish our mission, our principal initiatives focus on state lobbying, federal lobbying, public education, and industry research.

The ASA is a sponsorship driven organization. Without the help of the following sponsors, this legislation would not have been possible: AcuSport, SilencerCo, Silencer Shop, Daniel Defense, Gemtech, Yankee Hill Machine Co., Thunder Beast Arms Corporation, Advanced Armament Corporation, Federal Premium Ammunition ®, Vortex Optics, Dakota Silencer, Freedom Munitions, and Liberty Suppressors.

For more information on how you can join the ASA, and help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, please visit www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.

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Michigan: Legalization Of Suppressor Hunting To Be Considered By Natural Resources Commission

Yesterday, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) heard testimony on the merits of suppressor hunting at a public hearing in Lansing, MI. During the meeting, a member of the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division delivered a presentation to the NRC expressing that their department does not object to allowing hunters to use suppressors. Following the presentation, NRC Chairman John Matonich asked that a resolution be drafted and presented for first consideration at the January 14th NRC meeting. If approved, the measure will then move for a final vote at the February 11th NRC meeting.

During public comment, representatives from the American Suppressor Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and Gemtech all provided testimony in support of making Michigan the 38th state to legalize suppressor hunting.

Suppressors, which are already legal to possess in Michigan, are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman. Michigan is one of only four states in which their possession is legal, but their use in the field is not. Since 2011, 15 states have legalized suppressor hunting for all game animals. We will continue to work together to ensure that Michigan is the 16th.

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New Hampshire: Suppressor Hunting Legislation Passes House By Overwhelming Majority

Earlier today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 184 to 124 in favor of passing House Bill 500, a bill that seeks to legalize hunting with suppressors in New Hampshire. Sponsored by Rep. John Burt (R-Hillsborough 39), this legislation is backed by the American Suppressor Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, and the National Rifle Association. With the Ought to Pass (OTP) designation, HB 500 will now move to the Senate, where it awaits committee assignment.

Suppressors, which are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman, are legal to own in 41 states. New Hampshire is one of only four states, also including Connecticut, Michigan, and Vermont, in which their possession is legal, but their use in the field is not. Since 2011, 15 states have legalized suppressor hunting for all game animals. As part of the No State Left Behind campaign, the ASA is working to ensure that all four of these states legalize suppressor hunting in 2016.

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Michigan: Suppressor Hunting Reform Needs Your Help

Last month, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) heard testimony on the merits of suppressor hunting at a public hearing in Lansing, MI. During the meeting, a member of the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division delivered a presentation to the NRC expressing that their department does not object to allowing hunters to use suppressors. At that meeting, representatives from the American Suppressor Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and Gemtech all provided testimony in support of making Michigan the 38th state to legalize suppressor hunting.

On January 14th, the NRC will consider Wildlife Conservation Order Amendment No. 1 of 2016, a resolution to eliminate the prohibition on the use of legally possessed suppressors while hunting. If approved, the measure will be up for a final vote at the February 11th NRC meeting. However, earlier today, the ASA learned of two arbitrary and unenforceable restrictions included in the proposed rule. These restrictions would:

1. Only allow “the use of suppressors capable of a decibel reduction of no more than 30 decibels as provided by the manufacturers specifications.”

2. Prohibit “the use of subsonic ammunition (velocity less than 1,126 feet per second) in combination with suppressors.”

While the ASA supports the legalization of suppressor hunting in Michigan, we unequivocally oppose the proposed restrictions placed on decibel reduction, and the prohibition of the use of subsonic ammunition for hunting. These proposed restrictions, which have not been enacted in any of the 37 states where suppressor hunting is currently legal, would do nothing to enhance public safety. Instead, they would confuse hunters and enforcement agents alike, who would oftentimes have little to no way of knowing whether or not the suppressor in question provided too much hearing protection, or if the ammunition being used was not quite fast enough.

Many suppressor manufacturers, including SilencerCo, do not list decibel reduction levels as a standalone number in their specifications. Instead, they publish average overall dB levels for their suppressors by caliber type. For instance, according to the SilencerCo website, the Harvester 30 will decrease the sound level of a .308 Win rifle to an average of 136.4 dB. When this is the case, how would enforcement agents determine if the suppressor is capable of reducing the signature by more than 30 dB?

In addition, the actual signature reduction of a suppressor is determined by a host of factors, including, but not limited to the operating system of the firearm, barrel length, muzzle devices being used when unsuppressed, caliber, and ammunition. With so many variables, it would be impossible for enforcement agents to know if the suppressor reduced the signature of the gun it is attached to without testing the firearm/suppressor/ammunition combination on the spot.

In order to avoid scenarios where law enforcement agents would have to interrupt hunts to test suppressors, and/or ammunition in the field, we need your help to politely urge the NRC to drop these unnecessary and unenforceable provisions from the proposed rule. They can be reached at: NRC@michigan.gov, or by phone at (517) 284-6237.


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ASA Testifies At Michigan Natural Resources Commission Meeting

On January 14th, the American Suppressor Association’s General Counsel, along with representatives from the National Rifle Association and several Michigan sportsmen’s groups, testified at the Michigan Natural Resources Commission meeting in Traverse City, Michigan, where the Commission was considering Wildlife Conservation Order Amendment No. 1 of 2016, a resolution to eliminate the prohibition on the use of legally possessed suppressors while hunting. The testimony centered around opposition to two arbitrary and unenforceable restrictions included in the proposed rule, as currently drafted. These restrictions would:


  1. Only allow “the use of suppressors capable of a decibel reduction of no more than 30 decibels as provided by the manufacturers specifications.”

  2. Prohibit “the use of subsonic ammunition (velocity less than 1,126 feet per second) in combination with suppressors.”


The testimony raised several questions regarding the viability of the order in its current form, and the Commissioners seemed willing to take a harder look at the evidence and potentially remove these restrictions in the future. While the ASA supports the legalization of suppressor hunting in Michigan, we unequivocally oppose the proposed restrictions placed on decibel reduction, and the prohibition of the use of subsonic ammunition for hunting. These proposed restrictions, which have not been enacted in any of the 37 states where suppressor hunting is currently legal, would do nothing to enhance public safety. Instead, they would confuse hunters and enforcement agents alike, who would oftentimes have little to no way of knowing whether or not the suppressor in question provided too much hearing protection, or if the ammunition being used was not quite fast enough.

Many suppressor manufacturers, including SilencerCo, do not list decibel reduction levels as a standalone number in their specifications. Instead, they publish average overall dB levels for their suppressors by caliber type. For instance, according to the SilencerCo website, the Harvester 30 will decrease the sound level of a .308 Win rifle to an average of 136.4 dB. When this is the case, how would enforcement agents determine if the suppressor is capable of reducing the signature by more than 30 dB?

In addition, the actual signature reduction of a suppressor is determined by a host of factors, including, but not limited to the operating system of the firearm, barrel length, muzzle devices being used when unsuppressed, caliber, and ammunition. With so many variables, it would be impossible for enforcement agents to know if the suppressor reduced the signature of the gun it is attached to without testing the firearm/suppressor/ammunition combination on the spot.

In order to avoid scenarios where law enforcement agents would have to interrupt hunts to test suppressors, and/or ammunition in the field, we need your help to politely urge the NRC to drop these unnecessary and unenforceable provisions from the proposed rule. They can be reached at: NRC@michigan.gov, or by phone at (517) 284-6237


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Iowa: Suppressor Legalization Bill Passes House Subcommittee, Needs Your Help

Yesterday, HF 2043, a bill introduced by Rep. Matt Windschitl that would make Iowa the 42nd state to legalize suppressors, passed out of a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee on a 2-1 vote. The ASA was on hand to testify in support of the bill, along with the Iowa Firearms Coalition. As you may remember, a similar bill passed the Iowa House last year as well, before running into roadblocks in the Senate. The ASA spent the afternoon at the Capitol in Des Moines meeting with legislators in Iowa in an effort to ensure that HF 2043 passes both chambers this session and makes it to Gov. Branstad’s desk. This bill is expected to head to the full House Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks, before heading to the House floor for a vote.

As always, the American Suppressor Association will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that your suppressor rights are protected and expanded. We will keep you updated as this pro-suppressor legislation advances.

In the mean time, please reach out to your Iowa legislators, particularly your Senators, and respectfully urge them to support this important piece of legislation. Contact information can be found here.

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Moments ago, Michigan became the 38th state to legalize suppressor hunting. The Natural Resources Commission voted 4-1 to amend Wildlife Conservation Order Amendment No. 1 of 2016, removing the proposed 30 dB restriction, as well as the subsonic ammo prohibition. The amended measure then passed by a 4-1 margin, bringing Michigan in line with the 37 other states which allow hunters to use legally possessed suppressors in the field!
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Michigan: Suppressor Hunting Now Legal

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On February 11th, Michigan became the 38th state to allow for the use of firearm suppressors while hunting when the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) voted 4 – 1 to approve an amended version of Wildlife Conservation Order Amendment No. 1 of 2016. The measure became effective immediately.

The initial proposal included two arbitrary restrictions which would have limited the decibel reduction of suppressors allowed in the field to 30 dB, and would have also prohibited the use of subsonic ammunition by anyone using a suppressor while hunting. Prior to the final vote, Commissioner Louise Klarr offered an amendment to remove these two provisions from the proposed rule. Her measure passed also 4 – 1.

“We are incredibly excited that hunters in the great state of Michigan can now use suppressors to help protect their hearing while they’re in the field,” said Knox Williams, President of the American Suppressor Association. “It was a pleasure working to educate the NRC Commissioners and members of the DNR on the realities of suppressor use. We applaud their decision to remove the prohibition on suppressor hunting without the two restrictive provisions. In doing so, they have done their part to ensure that the next generation of hunters does not have to sacrifice their hearing.”

The American Suppressor Association was one part of the team working to legalize suppressor hunting in Michigan. The ASA would like to thank the National Rifle Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), and Safari Club International (SCI) for working together on this initiative to make Michigan a safer place to hunt.

The American Suppressor Association is also grateful for the support of our members, as well as everyone who took the time to support this initiative. We are very excited about bringing suppressor hunting to The Great Lakes State. We will continue to work towards our goal of legalizing suppressor ownership and hunting in all 50 states through our No State Left Behind campaign. Special thanks to Michigan for taking us one step closer!


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Oklahoma: Suppressor Bill Unanimously Passes Out of Committee

Yesterday, February 18, House Bill 2637 unanimously passed out of the House Wildlife Committee. HB 2637, introduced by state Representative Kevin Wallace (R-32), would make it legal for Oklahomans to hunt with a suppressor on both public and private land. HB 2637 is now awaiting a vote by the full House of Representatives. Please contact your state Representative TODAY and politely urge them to support House Bill 2637.

Under current Oklahoma law, it is legal to hunt with a suppressor on private property so long as the hunter has permission from the landowner and lawfully possesses the suppressor in compliance with the National Firearms Act (NFA). HB 2637 would revise current law and allow Oklahomans the freedom to hunt with suppressors on both public and private land.

In recent years, the use of suppressors has seen significant growth as more shooters and sportsmen learn of their benefits. Evidence has shown that the use of suppressors fosters a safer and more enjoyable shooting and hunting experience for the following reasons:

Suppressors protect against permanent hearing loss, one of the most commonly experienced hunting-related injuries, by decreasing the decibel level associated with muzzle blast;

Suppressors increase shot accuracy by reducing noise and felt recoil, thereby mitigating trigger flinch and resulting in a more humane taking of game;

Suppressors mitigate many of the hindrances associated with introducing newer generations to hunting, thereby helping to ensure the propagation of Oklahoma’s rich hunting heritage; and

Suppressors benefit wildlife populations by decreasing stress and behavioral changes resulting from loud, widely audible firearm report.

Law-abiding Oklahomans should not be restricted to private lands when using a suppressor while hunting. Once again, please contact your state Representative and politely urge them to support HB 2637.

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Iowa: Suppressor Bill Passes House

Yesterday, House File 2279, a bill introduced by Rep. Matt Windschitl (R-17) that would make Iowa the 42nd state to legalize suppressors, passed out of the Iowa House of Representatives by a 74 – 24 margin. The legislation, formerly HF 2043, is backed by the American Suppressor Association, the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC), and the National Rifle Association. The ASA was on hand to support the bill, as part of the Iowa Firearms Coalition’s Second Amendment Day, which saw a total of five pro-gun bills pass the House.

During the floor debate, Rep. Terry Baxter (R-08) managed the bill, delivering a floor speech that effectively silenced the opposition. Following the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, HF 2279 was messaged to the Senate, where it currently awaits a subcommittee assignment in the Senate Judiciary Committee. We anticipate that this will occur within the next several weeks.

“For the third year in a row, the Iowa House of Representatives has done its part to help sportsmen and women in The Hawkeye State protect their hearing while in the field and at the range,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. “Suppressors are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman, and thanks to the hard work of Representatives Baxter and Windschitl, an overwhelming and bipartisan majority of the House saw that. We have greatly enjoyed working with the two of them, as well as the IFC and NRA to get this legislation passed. Now, it’s time for the Senate to do its part to help make sure that the next generation of hunters and recreational shooters in Iowa do not have to unnecessarily sacrifice their hearing.”

In the meantime, please reach out to your Iowa legislators, particularly your Senators, and respectfully urge them to support this important piece of legislation. Contact information can be found here.

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Iowa: Suppressor Legalization Bill Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

Earlier today, the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11 – 2 to favorably pass House File 2279 out of committee. Backed by the ASA, NRA, and Iowa Firearms Coalition, HF 2279 seeks to legalize suppressors in The Hawkeye State. The bill will now move to the Senate floor, where it could be debated and voted on in within a week.

The ASA is very excited about the prospects of this bill becoming law, but we need your help to push this effort past the finish line! Using this link, please contact your Senators and politely urge them to support HF 2279.

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