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.
I have a couple suppressors and enjoy them I do have to swap them out on several guns but this is mostly for back yard shooting any serious defensive use would probably not be suppressed time factor involved . H P A might add a couple of impulse buys but no real change.
Keep paying the tax and waiting while your forms gather dust citizen.you didn’t think we’d make it easier for you to get THOSE things did you?
Crisis actors should be executed by the state, for real.
Anyone that believes this shooting incident is just circumstance hasn’t been following the Agenda driven politics very long!
Yes, but the all powerful NRA is taking a knee.
Ryan is just about as stupid as his Democratic counterparts. He is a politician that has never had a real job in his life. He does not know shit from Shinola about guns. Unfortunately he is in a position to keep the bill in committee.
Douglas you hit the nail on the head. Make it a deal, save the hearing act. Quid Pro Quo
Ryan is just another political weasel. I trust almost none of the politicians anywhere. Trump is no different. What happened to him putting Hillary Clinton in jail? Just more bullshit. The vultures are already using the deaths of the folks in Vegas to advance their agenda. Let’s face it, they want NO private ownership of guns. They’re just to cowardly to say it because the revolution would start.
Yakkity Yak and Yak Yak! On and on we go. Logic aside, political rhetoric on the front burner. Hearing protection will not decrease or increase the number of nut cases in a population in excess of 300,000,000 + and growing. Comparing the USA to England in any way or shape is ridiculous. The whole County isn’t the size of many States. The countryside in England has guns – they hunt – they also belong to clubs where shooting is enjoyed. YES, Bobbies do not have guns, but they are backed up by machine gun armed Cops, and flying squads from Scotland Yard. What is the usual point? It generally boils down to the violence of a few and the lack of control in areas where social issues create a never ending battle with Law enforcement.
Yakkity yak don’t talk back. I’m disappointed in the delay of the HPA also. Oh no I’m using my free speech right.
Trump is a deal maker. Maybe he can salvage something here. Pass hearing Protection Act and National CC reciprocity and give up bump stocks? I’d take that deal.
I agree. I’ll take that deal.
Don’t go down that slippery slope. A ban on “Bump Stocks” is a backdoor to a complete ban on semi-auto weapons, registration and confiscation. Once they are able to get their ban on “Bump Stocks”, they will start by explaining how any semi-auto firearm can be made to bump fire using just a common belt and in some cases no modification or external help at all. Gun owners do this all the time. They think by giving up something the gun grabbers will be satisfied. No, the real goal is to eliminate the 2nd Amendment. They are patient and focused, and will not stop asking for “compromise”, or “common sense” gun laws until there is no more meat left on the bones of the 2nd Amendment. If we are to “compromise”, let’s start by repealing 50% of the more than 20,000 gun laws already on the books.
ras, while totally agreeing with your line of thinking, I think we can all agree that “the handwriting is on the wall” as far as bump stocks go. Best we could have hoped for is something in trade (I like the idea of attaching the ban to the SHARE bill.) “Common sense gun regulations” is an oxymoron if we are to believe that pesky “…shall not infringed” thing!
What a load of crap in England they’re regulated like guns
Total horseshit just a bunch of fucks living on our hard earned dime being politically correct to serve their own purpose
Perhaps we ought to get smart- and add the bumpstock ban to the hearing protection bill… That way the libs might have second thoughts i. Opposing it…
You gotta know that bump stocks are GONE anyway !
I’m just wonderin’ why Paddock didn’t just buy a legal automatic or even an M-60 ??? He had no legal problems, and lots of money to burn !! ???
He wanted to fly under the radar… Buying full auto requires more registration.. Of course buying 30 firearms in the last year isn’t exactly flying under the radar
Ditto.. then they wouldn’t b able to use this to further their agenda on banning the bump stocks and imagine that all this happening immediately after the SHARE act was literally screaming thru also they had to do something fast since them shooting senators on a baseball field didn’t have the reaction they was hoping for
Was hoping the HPA could be used as “trading stock” for banning the bumpfire stocks. So much for that idea…should have known it will just be another complete giveaway to the gun grabbers. BOHICA
Rinos like Ryan need to learn the hard way like Blue Dress Billy did when his gun control platform cost him the house. The NRA was 3 million strong then, we are 5 million strong now.
Exactly! Its not just this gun bill the Good ole people and self servers like Paul Ryan have been shooting down everything from Obamacare appeal, to tax cuts. Cause they never meant anything they said and their all against Trump want him to have no success. Which is why term limits and making lobbying illegal should be our next main goal. Get rid of these fake snakes!
Ryan and some of the other Republicans are Traitors to the people that elected them