Get a suppressor in 90 days or fewer!!!
That is the thinking behind Congressman Greg Steube (R-FL-17) new bill, “H.R. 6126 – the End the Normalized Delay of Suppressors (ENDS) Act.”
Introduced last month, the ENDS Act would cap suppressor transfer times at 90 days, meaning as long as the prospective purchaser wasn’t denied during the National Firearms Act (NFA) process, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) would have to automatically approve the transfer after 90 days.
No more insane wait times! Currently, some purchasers can wait up to 18 months before getting their can.
“I have personally experienced the unnecessary delay of a suppressor application and as a member of Congress, I have met with many Floridians who have also experienced similar delays,” said Congressman Steube in a press release. “A policy of delay, delay, delay is unacceptable and frankly violates the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
The bill makes perfect sense and falls in line with existing law. Under the Brady Act, for example, there is a “default to proceed” provision that allows a licensed firearms dealer to complete a gun transfer if the FBI doesn’t complete the buyer’s background check within three business days.
ENDS Act would apply that same logic to suppressors because a right delayed is a right denied.
As many of you already know suppressors are regulated under the NFA, so one must pay a $200 transfer tax, submit fingerprints, photos and an application to the ATF, notify one’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO), and wait for the ATF to process the paperwork to obtain a suppressor.
While that is a more involved process than buying a long gun or pistol, there is no reason it should take months and months to get a thumb’s up, says Knox Williams, the President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association (ASA).
“It’s 2020, not 1934. There is absolutely no reason it should ever take more than 90 days to buy a suppressor,” said Williams in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.“Afterall, suppressors are an important safety device that the CDC, NIOSH, and National Hearing Conservation Association recommend as a tool to help mitigate preventable hearing damage.”
“What Rep. Steube has done is introduce a bill that would hold ATF accountable,” he continued. “No more variable wait times that consistently last over a year. We applaud Rep. Steube for his leadership on the matter, and look forward to working with him to help spread the message and push his legislation.”
Look, the ENDS Act isn’t the Hearing Protection Act (HPA), which would have totally removed suppressors from the NFA roster. But it’s the next best thing. If lawmakers aren’t willing to back HPA right now, then let’s push them to support the ENDS Act.
The ASA has an online form that you can fill out to “Tell your representative to support H.R. 6126.” It only takes a few seconds. Click HERE to get started (or click on the image below):