The eldest son of President-elect Donald Trump is partnering with SilencerCo to help deregulate gun silencers nationally.
Although legal in 42 states, silencers are heavily regulated by the federal government and incur a hefty fees for those who purchase them. Both Trump Jr. and the Utah-based company agree that deregulating silencers is a public health issue.
“It’s about safety,” Trump Jr. explained in a video interview SilencerCo. “It’s a health issue, frankly.” Below is the video interview:
For those unfamiliar with silencers and their purpose, they help reduce the impact of hearing loss and noise pollution while using firearms. They were first patented on March 30, 1909 by Hiram Percy Maxim of then-Maxim Silent Firearms Company. Silencers are also known as suppressors.
Given momentum from November, there’s a renewed interest to pursue the decriminalization of silencers at the federal level.
Last Congressional term, the Hearing Protection Act was introduced but failed to garner any traction. The Hearing Protection Act was designed to ease restrictions currently placed on silencers. Had the bill passed, it would have amended the Internal Revenue Code to eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearms silencers. Moreover, this proposed legislation would “treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer” as well. Those paying taxes on silencer purchases after October 22, 2015, (assuming the bill became law) would have received a refund on the tax. The bill was sponsored by former Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) and 82 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives.
Not surprisingly, gun control advocates have responded to this move negatively suggesting criminals and potential mass shooters will carry out their attacks in an easier manner if silencers are deregulated. Typical. Perhaps if they studied mechanics and actually learned how to operate firearms, they wouldn’t launch defamation campaigns against the firearms industry.
I personally haven’t used silencers yet while handling firearms, but experts have told me how useful and helpful they are to make the shooting experience more enjoyable. Let’s hope a bill passes this term to ease the restrictions currently placed on silencers!