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.
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.
“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.