Have You Joined the ‘Fight the Noise’ Movement?

Like it or love it, suppressors are the future of firearms. It’s impossible to argue that they don’t make shooting more enjoyable.

To put it in a different light, earbuds or earmuffs are a lot like condoms, no matter how technologically advanced they become, you still know you’re wearing them and to no small extent they mar the experience.

When I shoot, I want to be naked… I don’t want to wear hearing protection. But I need protection. Without it, I’m putting myself needlessly at risk.

Fight the Noise Giveaway (Photo: SilencerCo)

Fight the Noise Giveaway (Photo: SilencerCo)

Suppressors solve this problem altogether. However, the problem with suppressors is they are costly and difficult for many of us to obtain thanks to an antiquated gun law: The National Firearms Act of 1934, which requires one to pay an absurd $200 fee, pass a background check and obtain approval from one’s local CLEO, among other stipulations, before being allowed to possess a suppressor.

This process can take upwards of a 120 days before the ATF finally signs off and approves the transfer of the suppressor. SilencerCo, arguably the most prominent manufacturers of suppressors, has launched a campaign in an attempt to streamline the process, thus making it easier for law-abiding citizens to go silent.

SilencerCo CEO Josh Waldron spoke about the campaign, aptly titled “Fight the Noise,” with the Blaze.com.

“We’re asking the federal government to get their grubby hands off our industry,” Waldron said.

Walton explained that due to the rise in demand the ATF has been overwhelmed with forms to process.

“The branch that you submit paperwork to is inundated with the growth,” he said. “They haven’t grown with us. Last year, we were in a 12-month wait for consumers to go and buy a muffler to buy a gun.”

“Mufflers” are the analogy that Fight the Noise supporters are using to make their point.

Suppressor-friendly states.  (Photo: ASA)

Suppressor-friendly states. (Photo: ASA)

“The fact of the matter is you wouldn’t drive around your car without a muffler. When guns don’t have to be loud, why would you do that?” Waldron said. “It’s just a common sense device that makes shooting a firearm safer and more enjoyable. Why does the government have to get involved with so much of the process?”

Why does the government have to get involved? A very legitimate question.

Thankfully, the pendulum is swinging in the direction of the suppressor movement. Common sense is starting to spread state-to-state and lawmakers are realizing that there is no reason to ban or restrict one from purchasing a suppressor.

The American Suppressor Association, which Waldron helped to form, notes that since 2011, 12 states have passed “shall sign” legislation (which means that CLEOs must approve an application provided the applicant is law-abiding, there is no arbitrary reason for denying a lawful gun owner) and two states have amended their ownership laws. The majority of these changes, 11 of them, came in 2014. In short, headway is being made.

Hopefully things continue to move in that direction. One way to make sure the wind stays at our backs is to join the Fight the Noise movement. Check out the details.

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Nick M December 22, 2017, 8:30 am

    The stupid part is mufflers are a legal requirement on cars.

  • MarkOwen October 31, 2015, 1:00 am

    Just another way for the Govt. To get into our wallets! Bunch of bullshit! 200.00 tax for something to add on to my gun. Then if you don’t pay you get caught and get 10 years in the Feds. Crowbar hotel, another bunch of bullshit. Plus. Just try to get a full auto weapon, only the cops and feds are allowed to have them without going through all kinds of hell just for (permission) from big brother to have one! Had one in Nam, still remember how to use one safely!

  • ejharb April 6, 2015, 6:36 pm

    Love it
    after 11month wait I got my stamp and my silencerco.
    time to fix the garbage that is the nfa by tossing it on the dustbin of history. Be nice to have a couple sbrs and a really short 410 double too.

  • Dave Hicks March 25, 2015, 10:13 am

    Cars come with mufflers why not firearms? Drop the tax and add the muffler,

  • Russ March 23, 2015, 10:42 pm

    They’re cumbersome and their designs and cost are not effective yet.
    I also happen to like the big bang of shooting sports, and take pride in knowing the sounds different firearms make.

    I may need one if I hook up with James Bond on a covert mission some day, but I doubt it.

  • John B March 23, 2015, 7:08 pm

    There is a much easier way. At least in Texas if you go to a gunshow there are usually a couple of lawyers with booths who will setup a gun trust for you for $210 to $265. With a gun trust, you avoid the local police organizations all together in buying suppressors. Buy a suppressor and send a copy of your gun trust to the ATF along with your $200. All there is to it. You can also add trustees who can legally use your suppressor.

    • Pete March 24, 2015, 1:52 am

      I went that way. Many of the local shops here have the proper trust paperwork ready for you to fill in, sign, get notarized and filed. This is especially good in areas where chief law enforcement officials are politically inclined not to sign off on your paperwork despite your being a law abiding citizen.

    • Willis October 30, 2015, 11:24 am

      There may be a much easier way, but the fact is, we shouldn’t HAVE to do any of the mentioned bullshit. I shouldn’t have to set up a trust, I shouldn’t have to pay $200.00 tax stamp. We should buy suppressors like we buy firearms. That is what this legislation will hopefully allow. The tax stamp is bullshit no matter what way you come about it.

    • jj50cal October 30, 2015, 3:08 pm

      if the lawyers in texas are charging you, then buy your suppressors in tennessee, most gun shops here will set you up for FREE.
      if you need a gun dealer email me and i’ll give you the address of my dealer.

      • george spence December 22, 2017, 9:22 am

        would like a gun dealer address from you.if i buy suppressors from Tennessee will i be legal in Florida ? THANKS

  • Pete March 23, 2015, 12:15 pm

    Already put down the money and am awaiting my NFA stamp on my paperwork. Let freedom ring, silently.

  • Kim Owens March 23, 2015, 9:55 am

    Thank you and our ears will thank you. Living with hearing lose is a bitch.

  • Dave Sherman March 21, 2015, 9:50 am

    Love it

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