The fate of the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) is now up in the air following the mass killing Sunday night in Las Vegas.
House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday that HPA, which is part of a larger pro-gun omnibus bill known as the SHARE Act, is not on the docket for a hearing on the House floor.
“That bill is not scheduled now,” Ryan told reporters. “I don’t know when it’s going to be scheduled.”
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee passed the SHARE Act back in September. Many predicted a full House vote on the legislation as soon as this week or next.
In addition to deregulating suppressors via the language of the HPA, the SHARE Act contains all of the following provisions per the NRA-ILA:
- Securing the future of hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting by increasing access to federal public lands.
- Reforming of the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA), which protects the lawful, legal transport of unloaded firearms.
- Strengthening protections for carrying firearms on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.
- Removing the undefined and antiquated “sporting purposes test”, which opens the door to arbitrary ammunition bans.
- Returning wildlife management of the gray wolf back to states adversely affected by rising populations.
This is not the first time this legislation has been delayed. A shooting back in June at a GOP congressional baseball practice that left five people wounded, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), also stalled its progress just as the bill was about to be reviewed by the Federal Lands Subcommittee.
Ryan said that the focus of the House will be on passing the fiscal budget for 2018.
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Meanwhile, opponents of suppressor deregulation have leveraged Sunday’s shooting in an attempt to kill the bill.
Hillary Clinton is leading the charge, as mentioned in a previous GunsAmerica article, She took to Twitter on Monday morning to begin fearmongering about suppressors.
“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots,” wrote Clinton. “Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”
No word yet from the National Rifle Association on what it plans to do to keep the SHARE Act alive.