Block Silencer Deregulation
What is the problem?
Silencers pose a significant danger in the wrong hands. They make it harder for bystanders or law enforcement to identify and react quickly to gunshots. Efforts to deregulate silencers should be blocked.
In an active shooter situation, for example, hearing and recognizing a gunshot can be a matter of life and death. But the gun lobby routinely chooses profits over safety by pushing radical policies that would make it easy for people with dangerous histories to obtain silencers. The gun lobby’s spin focuses on protecting shooters’ hearing, but silencers are not the most effective or the safest way to do so.
Myth & Fact
The gun lobby pushes silencer deregulation to protect hunters’ hearing.
Silencers are not a “hearing protection” issue. The gun lobby claims their efforts are intended to protect hunters’ hearing, but silencers are not the most effective or the safest way to do so. It’s not public health that would benefit from this policy, it’s the silencer market—one of the fastest-growing sectors within the firearm industry.