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Federal lawmakers want to deregulate gun silencers

August 1, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal lawmakers want to deregulate gun silencers

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A handful of federal bills that are being proposed would make gun silencers more easily available, and the bills might also overrule Illinois’ prohibition on the firearms accessory.

Gun suppressors have been heavily controlled since the Great Depression.

Gun silencers reduce the sound of a gunshot to levels that aren’t as damaging to the hearing of a shooter, which is why Representative Steve King, of Iowa, has proposed a bill that would deregulate them. In Utah, Senator Mike Lee also is sponsoring a companion bill in the Senate.

Dudley Brown, the president of the National Association of Gun Rights, stressed that suppressors are produced to minimize hearing damage.

“It’s a freedom that is largely unpracticed in America except through incredible regulation,” he told Fox News. “We want to get rid of that.”

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