‘Tools of Death!’ Suppressor Ban Introduced in U.S. Senate by NJ Sen. Menendez

Sen. Menendez is hoping to export New Jersey’s suppressor ban to the rest of the country. (Photo: Sen. Menendez Youtube)

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez announced over the weekend his intention to introduce a bill in the U.S. Senate that would ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer or possession of “gun silencers” or, as he also refers to them, “tools of death.”

“The NRA might be willing to prop up the gun industry no matter the human cost, but not me,” Menendez said at a press conference, flanked by activists from Moms Demand Action. “No one needs a silencer to defend themselves or their home, but everyone needs to be able to hear when their lives are in danger.”

“Silencers undermine public safety. They undermine the ability of law enforcement to do their jobs. And they undermine the ability of Americans in the midst of mass shootings to survive,” Menendez continued. “The sound of gunshots is what tells you that this is not just another drill. That this is not a nail gun. That this is not fireworks. The sound of gunshots is what tells you this is a real, life-and-death situation and it is time to run, hide, take cover and help others save themselves.” 

Menendez here repeats the oft-cited claim that a suppressor reduced the sound of the .45-caliber handgun used by the Virginia Beach mass murderer to that of a nail gun. This claim has been soundly refuted: a .45-caliber round produces a sound that would be perceived as eight times louder than a nail gun and even louder than a jackhammer.

SEE ALSO: Supreme Court Denies Case Regarding ‘Illegal’ Suppressors

Menendez further justifies his legislation by attacking the Hearing Protection Act and arguing that “not even the United States military relies on silencers to protect our soldiers’ hearing.” He claims that suppressors are only used for “stealth operations” and concludes, “if traditional hearing protection is good enough for the ears of American soldiers in combat abroad I say it’s good enough to protect recreational gun owners here at home.”

The push to deregulate suppressors by the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups isn’t about protecting the hearing of these recreational shooters, Menendez claims. The NRA is simply in the pocket of suppressor manufacturers, and he’s going to put a stop to it.

“It’s time to set aside the gun lobby’s spin and NRA talking points because here’s the truth: for those in the business of making and selling guns and accessories, silencers are a growing moneymaker,” he said.

SEE ALSO: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Calls for Special Session to Ban Suppressors, Assault Weapons and More

There is no grandfather clause in Menendez’s bill. Suppressor owners will have a 90-day grace period to turn in their now-illegal gun mufflers, for which they will be compensated using federal Byrne JAG grants.

Menendez also provides limited exceptions for certain current and former law enforcement personnel, for certain Atomic Energy personnel and purpose, and for certain authorized testing or experimentation.

An identical bill is being pushed through the Democrat-controlled U.S. House by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Rick Golden April 16, 2021, 10:28 pm

    It amazes me when hunters and gun owners vote for these Idiots!!!!!!!

  • COSMO JEWDELIO January 16, 2021, 6:20 am

    I think that it behooves Senator”I’m a crook” Bob Menendez to go to Europe and interview citizens of the EU countries that have normalized sales of silencers to the point where you can walk in and walk out with one like you would a stock or a set of iron sights for your gun they are simply considered being gun accessories a matter of etiquette in some European countries and a matter of etiquette when firing in residential areas, in the United States they make shooting more fun and enjoyable du to the toxic muzzle blast and hearing, in the United States they make shooting more fun and enjoyable du to the toxic muzzle blast and hearing protection they provide…. suppressors have not turned the USA into Disney Land for hit men and sicarios., so you lazy Democrats grow up and start harping about the dumb gun accessories

  • Awesome Bill from Dawsonville July 12, 2019, 9:00 am

    \”Hear the weapon, save a life.\” Huh? Do we need to equip knives with horns? Should we put whistles on ball bats? Menendez is a walking example of why we need term limits.

  • Dan Gore July 1, 2019, 7:09 pm

    Hey Senator, we all know you shouldn’t have firearms, but quit trying to take ours! Criminals don’t use suppressors. They like intimidation of loud weapons. Typicall Democrats, think they need to control everything and everyone! What part of ,shall not be infringed don’t you fascist understand! This ditwad is nothing but a pedophile, and should 6in prison.

  • Randy Locher July 1, 2019, 8:12 am

    As long as Idiot American’s keep electing these Bastards to office we will always have this problem. American’s want to be enslaved by their Government. I say give them what they want. Everybody wants change in our Government but no one wants to get their hands dirty. We MUST have a Civil War to eradicate these Bastards out of our Government. Wake the Hell up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BRUCE MARSTON June 30, 2019, 1:03 pm

    WHAT DO EXPECT FROM A MAN WHO LIKES LITTLE GIRLS!

  • Jorge Garcia June 29, 2019, 10:58 pm

    maybe we can ban the tools of death he uses, you know, the one in his pants, fucking pedafile.

  • Randy Sravus June 29, 2019, 4:23 pm

    I’m thinking this character would make a great suppressor: yeah, thread his rectum and screw him on the muzzle of your piece. Pull trigger and all you’ll hear is “Sploop, sploop, sploop.”

    But from what I’ve heard, his bung has already been reamed way too large for a 9mm or .45. Maybe would fit a 75mm cannon.

  • John June 29, 2019, 3:54 pm

    It was interesting (good) to read all the comments relating to gun control. It is sad so many people have been negatively influenced by our liberal media “that guns are bad”. It is even more upsetting that “gun control” is a diversion from from what I consider the real problem. Watch TV, or a movie and most “entertainment” deals with violence. More people are shot on TV and in movies these days. The “entertainment industry will never admit they are a contributing factor to real day to day violence in our country. If you believe ” monkey see monkey Do” involves the media….well enough said.

  • Adam Jeppson June 29, 2019, 2:31 pm

    We better take all of the mufflers off of our vehicles then. They are the same thing. Mufflers cause driving fatalities!

  • Michael Clesi June 29, 2019, 1:51 pm

    How about we introduce legislation that’s has mandatory prison sentences for politicians who lie or spew information that has corrupted facts or mis information

    • Chuck Troupe July 1, 2019, 6:57 am

      The idea for mandatory prison sentences for politicians who lie or spew information that has corrupted facts or mis information is a good one, but you do realize if that were to happen, there would be no more democrats in any political office anywhere … they would ALL be in prison, because every goddamn one of them is a stupid, lying, hypocrite son-of-ab!tch!!! Wouldn\’t it be much cheaper if they could all be rounded up and just have their brains blown out? The mess could be cleaned up with a tea spoon.

  • J w Jennings June 29, 2019, 12:02 pm

    i WANT TO PUT THIS MORONS EAR NEXT TO MY SUPPRESSED 300 WIN MAG WHEN i PULL THE TRIGGER AND SEE IF HE THINKS IT IS SILENCED.

    • Chuck Troupe July 1, 2019, 7:01 am

      Jw … you are trying to reason with someone who has the mentality of a pile of dog turds. I know, I am not being fair to dog turds. At least dog turds DO have some value. They make the most perfect little Obama action figures. AND they are interchangeable. They make perfect little action figures for any democrat you can think of because they are all the same.

  • Stuart June 29, 2019, 1:39 am

    Still can’t fix stupid. Especially corrupt stupid!

  • Dilligaf June 29, 2019, 12:49 am

    Anti-American liberals do not understand the simple four words of “SHALL NOT INFRINGE”

    • FreeaTree June 29, 2019, 8:18 pm

      “We’re not trying to confiscate your guns,”

      Translation: “We are trying to confiscate your guns.”

    • Jeff Kyle June 30, 2019, 2:24 am

      Shall not be infringed

  • Nobody June 28, 2019, 9:35 pm

    Motor vehicles all have “mufflers” and are used in THOUSANDS of incidents that kill or maim innocent people every year but yet, for whatever reason, these soft-headed idiots never blame the “tool” in those incidents….
    WHY? YOU KNOW WHY!

  • Kurt T Hollyday June 28, 2019, 8:19 pm

    If someone were full of sh!t…… let’s say every Democrat that opens their mouth with solutions to “problems” right now for example.
    im wondering If I kicked a “silencer” up their ass would they shut the f#ck up since all i hear is bullsh!t spewing from them?
    Do they suppress bullsh!t is my question?

  • Chad June 28, 2019, 6:37 pm

    What a no nothing fucking asswipe this dude should be wearing a prison jumpsuit for the crime he’s committed yet he wants to lecture law abiding people

  • Dinosaur June 28, 2019, 5:33 pm

    Would it not be too late if you heard the weapon ? Suppressors don’t kill anything and even suppressed the shot would still make a sound, reduced yes but still audible.

  • D.J. June 28, 2019, 4:45 pm

    Does anyone really take seriously , anything this degenerate pedophile
    has to say ?

    Were he not in the position he is , his mailing address would be a Federal
    penitentiary .

    ‘ Two sets of rules ……….

    • Chuck Troupe July 1, 2019, 7:09 am

      I guess some folks have not noticed, but the democrat party has been the party of degenerates for at least the past 20 or 30 years. Everything filthy, and everything immoral and perverted … they are FOR IT ! ! !I downloded a photo of a very recently aborted BABY … I perfectly formed head, face, ears, arms, legs, fingers and toes … all bloody and gory. And THAT should be the new logo for the democrats, because every person, who voted or will vote democrat … is supporting the out and out MURDER of human infants. I personally believe (and would help if I could) to STOP these abortion mills by any means possible! Millions of babies murdered every year and their body parts sold by Planned Parenthood. And the goddamned democrats, all of them, no exceptions, support it.

  • Craig Thorn June 28, 2019, 4:43 pm

    At least here in New Zealand they havent taken our suppressors away. There is nothing like a quiet evening walk around the paddocks popping off rabbits and hares silently without disturbing the other farm animals. The same farm animals that freak out at Guy Fawkes or 4th of July Fireworks night. My favourite rabbit gun being the Savage Shorty fully suppressed by MAE.

  • Gourdhead June 28, 2019, 4:11 pm

    Obviously, this crook ahole knows nothing about suppressors. I don’t think in his seriously corrupt case, there would be any point in letting him ‘hear’ one, huh?

  • Bob June 28, 2019, 3:09 pm

    The Nazis did the same type of propaganda using the safety of children to disarm the public. Then the Nazis went through and murdered thousands.

    • Dan June 28, 2019, 8:31 pm

      Totally true, and this moron is yet another example of too many morons in politics that have no idea what they are blabbering about. This moron is just trying to spread his insanity and ignorance from his crap hole state to all other states too. They are not content with keeping their crap in their own crap hole state.
      He is a cancer that other States can stop by ignoring and nullifying him and his ignorance.
      That is the best way to stop insane politicians, other than unelecting them, which does not work fast enough, since there are too many ignorant people electing and reelecting them. Apparently they didn’t read about the child molestation cases and other corruption that he was involved in…
      You get the government that you deserve, but don’t try to spread it everywhere else too!

  • Silverbullet June 28, 2019, 3:05 pm

    This senator was in jail if i remember correctly. Hes always been for himself like all of them are. I swear the votes are changed to get them in office. This state now has thousands moving out , and im trying to do the same. Its not worth even visiting nj anymore. The CORRUPTION has taken everything of any value. Were taxed and insured to death. These suppressors would save thousands there hearing. They dont stop the sound just lower the harsh crack of the sonic boom. Science and common sence prove that. But democratic assholes only have one agenda , THERES TO BE SLAVE OWNERS AGAIN. WE THE PEOPLE THE SLAVES.

  • Steve Snyder June 28, 2019, 1:42 pm

    Take the idiot out and make him sit there while people shoot with silencers. After an hour check to see if he has heard any gunshots.

  • Jonathan June 28, 2019, 1:41 pm

    The mistake your all making is thinking the anti gun liberals are morons they are not there extremely smart and calculated but there only arguments are dumb and rediculous and there relying on us too be stupid enough too fall for it hence most liberals behind them are degenerates , teens and sociaties misfits . Gun control for them is not about lives or saftey they only want us too think it is . Its about control they cant just take our guns we would fight but they can keep twisting our rights till they get there way . Arguing how dumb they each law is does nothing for us they already know that but it still gets them closer to there well thought out calculated plan for global government and socializm that right now would end in a hurry because were still able too fight back . To win this the truth needs to be understood and exposed . Nit picking at there stupid little arguments does us no good the whole truth needs too come out before we have no fighting chance

  • Tim June 28, 2019, 1:41 pm

    I think that any law instituted by a bill should be null and void if the bill was pitched on the congressional floor using demonstrably false information. This would help keep our legislators a little more honest, and would nullify most existing gun laws.

    • Dan June 28, 2019, 8:59 pm

      Totally agreed. All States have the 10th amendment right to nullify any unconstitutional legislation, and they should do exactly that. Many are already doing that. The federal criminals cannot force their ignorance and insanity on any State that refuses it. The Constitution itself says that any ‘bill’ or ‘act’ that is unconstitutional is null and void.

  • GLENN June 28, 2019, 1:22 pm

    My only questions are how many people have been shot with a gun with a suppressor seeing there are over

    a million of them and how does this law stop the bad people from making their own ( which isn’t hard to

    do)?

    This is like the bump stock ban, very few people knew what a bump stock was until the politicians opened

    their mouth and then they was a run on going out and buying them.

    They do think and get the facts before they open their mouths.

  • skipNclair June 28, 2019, 1:10 pm

    Menendez, If you want to see a real live tool of death, just take a look in a mirror sometime.

  • John S Stagg June 28, 2019, 1:07 pm

    That racist, globalist illegal alien menendez is part of the reason why our country is in such a mess. Our foreign enemies are the scumbags who voted for that thug. The only reason he is trying to ban silencers is because he has committed acts of treason and is worried about his personal safety. I for one have no use for silencers but I’m sure the hitmen for hillary clinton make use of them. Silencers are easy to make and impossible to regulate. Anyone can make one in their workshop. This is a stepping stone for further illegal gun control takeovers by a corrupt nazi, communist, satan worshipping gang of murderers, pedaphiles and rapists, the democrat party.

    • Strat57L June 28, 2019, 7:18 pm

      Yep… Your ignorance is showing! tRump himself has said he wants to ban suppressors and has considered doing it the same way he did bump stocks. Executive order! Yep, there was even an article about it here on GunsAmerica! So while everyone knows the democrats want further firearm restrictions, it’s the man currently occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave; that has done more damage to the rights of firearms owners than Obama ever even proposed! Wake up! So as a avid firearms owner and suppressor owner, I worry less about this legislation, and worry more about the erratic behavior of a man who has proven he’ll act irresponsibly based on his narrow and narcissistic perception of the world! Again… Wake up!

      • FreeaTree June 29, 2019, 8:10 pm

        Thank God for president Trump.

        Consider the alternative.

      • FreeaTree June 29, 2019, 8:12 pm

        Thank God for president Trump.

        Consider the alternatives.

  • Robert Trousdale June 28, 2019, 1:02 pm

    Why are your “related posts” always two or three years old? If there’s nothing current, which there is but you don’t include current items, just drop it.

  • V. Austin June 28, 2019, 12:57 pm

    Hey Comrade, about the military not using suppressors! Any Veteran who has hearing loss due to their time in the military can make a disability claim to the VA because their hearing loss is due to their service to our country. If they would use suppressors, many of those claims wouldn’t have to be made. Also, Marines have all been taught to scream as loud as we can when charging a position in combat because the noise will intimidate the enemy. Thus, the noise of gunfire will do the same. in response to your sign, “Hear the weapon, save a life”, who is going to save a life that was undoubtedly taken by the very shot we heard? No one can save a life anyway if we aren’t armed! We are all fully annoyed with you idiots spouting off your lies because you have no idea what you are talking about. All you do and say is for the purpose of pushing your agenda to destroy our Constitution, our rights, and our country. You will never disarm America!!

  • Ed June 28, 2019, 12:36 pm

    Are suppressors serialized so they can be traced? If not this is a joke. If I had any I would not turn them in. They can kiss my ass! Just liked telling people they have turn in high capacity magazines. Not!

  • Ancel Adman June 28, 2019, 12:36 pm

    What did he say? I can’t here so well. Ever since I got out of the Army.

    Good enough for soldiers.

    Right…

  • Peter Brown June 28, 2019, 12:11 pm

    A silencer is not important to me. They seem like much money for a small return.
    The demoRAT bows to/is owned by campaign donors, many of whom are vehemently anti-2nd Amendment.
    They spew, “I can’t $olve evil gun violence without your help and $upport”. They beat the drum to appease their master$. Without a positive message they fall back to the illogical and emotional gun-grabbers.
    We are left with continual uprisings of prepared speeches, a steady diet of filthy lies and professionally prepared signs from those “people”.
    The trash sign as shown above, “hear a weapon safe a life…..” is aptly placed. In that case, the “weapon” is the mouth of the pathetic, mealy mouthed speaker.

    • Paul June 28, 2019, 2:42 pm

      Any infringement on the 2nd amendment, should be important to fight. “A silencer is not important to me” immediately dismisses this affront and opens the door for more. I don’t care for a bump stock, or full auto. However NEITHER should be illegal! We as a group of patriots, must defend our rights and those of others, even if we have “no need”. Do not be offended please. This comment is not meant to do that, but underline all should find this attack by Senator Idiot equivalent to a full gun ban. We nor the firearms are responsible for the acts of lunatics. Firearms are NOT the issue. Do not lose sight of the Socialist end run, and anyone having an “I don’t use is so whatever” is falling into the trap. Soon, your Ruger .22 will be taken away. Because, somebody had no use for it too many times and stayed in bed.

      Now, wonder how deep Mendy the Neanderthal NJ dipstick had to dig to get those two brain trusts behind him. Eghad.

      Oh, suppressors are wonderful. It is the noise reduction and they are worth every dollar. Before you dismiss them, try it. You will shoot more.

      Blessings to you Peter. Keep the faith.

      • FreeaTree June 29, 2019, 8:15 pm

        We’ve seen the tee shirt:

        When the government tells you that you don’t need a gun, that’s when you know you need a gun.

  • Charles Moore June 28, 2019, 11:42 am

    He should have stopped where he said, “…everyone has the right to hear.” The muffler on my lawn mower makes it sound . . . . like a LAWNMOWER. BTW, it’s the government that REQUIRES my mower to HAVE a muffler.

    I like the picture; the frowning, pouting Demanding Moms with the banner behind saying “Bob Memendez . . . Fighting New Jersey.”

    • SteveInSedona June 28, 2019, 5:55 pm

      ” like the picture; the frowning, pouting Demanding Moms with the banner behind saying “Bob Memendez . . . Fighting New Jersey.”

      Got to say – the one on the left has a halfway decent set of tits.

      I (heart) guns & titties

  • wiscogunner June 28, 2019, 11:37 am

    Time for a recall petition on this liberal, rights-infringing socialist.

    The Military doesn’t use suppressors because it doesn’t want to spend its budget on items like suppressors when it has other needs. For Americans with hearing damage or those wishing to prevent it, the Hearing Protection Act is a very important bill that needs to become law. Maybe Menendez ought to go to a shooting range and actually experience the difference of DB reduction when using a suppressor. The device does most certainly reduce the risk of hearing damage and loss.

    To the citizens of New Jersey: PLEASE begin a recall petition for Menendez immediately! Send a signal out to all of the legislators that their anti-2nd Amendment hysteria will not be tolerated.

    • MikeRoss June 28, 2019, 1:15 pm

      The Army is looking into equipping every rifle in a combat unit with a suppressor.

      • wiscogunner June 28, 2019, 8:57 pm

        I stand corrected. That would be a good idea for the hearing health of all of those mostly young service members. It may prevent a great deal of turmoil in their future marriages if their hearing is intact and they don’t have to constantly say, “What?” to their spouse every time she says something. (Unless of course, they choose to employ “selective hearing.”

    • mark haney June 28, 2019, 1:42 pm

      if a person were to go through the insurance claims against the military for loss of hearing claims and how much is paid out for hearing loss they would be astounded. You can’t be in a conflict firing a weapon without hearing loss with no protection.

      • ed June 28, 2019, 4:58 pm

        My dad lost his hearing to an M1 garand during the Korean war conflict. Now the VA buys his $8000.00 hearing aids for him times how many other soldiers in the same situ. What would be more economical

  • Dexter Winslett June 28, 2019, 11:25 am

    Come take my LEGALLY owned suppressor seed of satan democrat. I will be glad to die killing you if you try.

    • Joe June 28, 2019, 11:55 am

      Amen to that my brother in arms!

  • Leon June 28, 2019, 11:12 am

    This guy is just another Brain dead Democrat that has watched to many spy and cop shows these silencers still make a lot of noise but much less than un-silenced the hearing and reducing overall noise at the range. Criminals unless they are rich Democrats will not spend the money for the permits to have a silencer same as machine guns that is why you only see full automatics in the real world if he wants to lower the mass shootings then ban liberals from having any weapon.

  • Tad Pole June 28, 2019, 11:08 am

    If Guns Were Dangerous All Anti-Gunners Would Be Dead Already.

  • Mickey M June 28, 2019, 11:03 am

    This man and most of the other NJ politicians are corrupt and should be in jail. NJ is probably a fine state but the only thing I’m sure of is the truly great Henry Repeating Arms Co. and it’s fine employees but it’s only a matter of time before they will be forced to relocate to FREE STATE.

    • bjg June 28, 2019, 1:40 pm

      This clown lied his way out of a Jail sentence, if I remember he was on trial for accepting illegal gifts. Just another lying crocked democrat. The whole party is composed commies and America haters.

  • Ralph June 28, 2019, 10:59 am

    Incredible disconnect between this asshats common sense, and knowledge (If he possesses either) and his gatemouth.
    Menendez should be ashamed to show his felonious mugg in public.

  • Gus June 28, 2019, 10:56 am

    This guy wants to band suppressors so everyone will go deaf and he can lie cheat and steal and you won’t even know it because you’re deaf. This guy himself is a tool of death.

  • Mike June 28, 2019, 10:43 am

    Is Bob a complete Moron? Or does he get off on telling people how to run their lives?

  • Hege June 28, 2019, 10:34 am

    I say “If traditional military arms are good enough for American Soldiers in combat abroad, I say it’s good enough to protect recreational gun owners here at home.”

  • Phil in TX June 28, 2019, 10:14 am

    I call Bravo Sierra on Menendez. Every statement he made against suppressors was patently false and a blatant lie. I agree wholeheartedly with Tom Stewart, we need to ban ignorant legislators from speaking……. about ANYTHING!

    Phil in TX

  • BR549 June 28, 2019, 9:39 am

    The only “tools” here are the idiot liberals who have an aversion to life. Everything, to them, is just plain scary.

    • Víctor Michel June 28, 2019, 11:01 am

      Well, he wants to put an end to my coyote hunting, I totally disagree with banning this helpful tools in hunting wild boar and coyotes.

  • Tom Stewart June 28, 2019, 9:31 am

    I wish we could ban Ignorant Politicians from speaking. This Jerk has never been in true combat and has no clue what he is talking about.

  • Fred Davison June 28, 2019, 9:25 am

    It’s so simple I’m surprised nobody has thought of it before now. If we are disarmed the Muslims can take over the most powerful country in the world. Look around your neighborhoods, have you noticed an increase in the number of women wearing Muslim type of clothes? I have! We need to wake up!

    • DFWDad June 28, 2019, 10:17 am

      Let’s stick to real threats here, no need for conspiracies when we have real enough threats to our freedoms. Like this politician who is deciding that if I need to protect myself in my home, I must damage my hearing. I’m not allowed to defend my life and keep my hearing apparently.

  • Doug Peterson June 28, 2019, 9:12 am

    What an absolute pile of crap from a douce bag that should already be in prison.

  • Andrew S. Franko June 28, 2019, 8:39 am

    Stupid politician sucking money out of taxpayers pockets. They need suppressors attached to their mouth.

  • Otto June 28, 2019, 8:34 am

    Here’s a prime example of miss information. Every one at the shooting where the suppressor was used heard the shooting. A suppressor reduces the sounds but it is not a silencer.

  • Pete Faz June 28, 2019, 8:16 am

    So where do these clowns plan on getting their army for the war they are trying to start ?

  • Ricky Taylor June 28, 2019, 8:14 am

    With all due respect senator , I personally think the you should get off your lazy ass and do some real research on your own , find out the truth before you speak out about something you know nothing about !!!

    • Barry Thomas June 28, 2019, 9:57 am

      Do not confuse the issue with TRUTH, if their lips are moving they are lying. Only time they tell the truth is when they call another politician a crook or thief

      • Zupglick June 28, 2019, 10:43 am

        Tell it Brother!

  • John Parrish June 28, 2019, 8:12 am

    Yet another example of Legislative Weaponry. Simple minds are never able to grasp the unintended consequences. I always wonder what is going on in the minds of the blind followers lurking in the background.

  • Chet June 28, 2019, 8:05 am

    I would support supressors for politicians. Never underestimate the power of misinformation especially if its loud.

  • J Atwood June 28, 2019, 8:05 am

    Traditional hearing protection is good enough? Guess he hasn’t seen all the class action lawsuit commercials against the earplug manufacturers.

    Funny how Great Britain, a gun un-friendly country, requires suppressors be used by hunters.

    This man’s idiocy is epic.

  • JB June 28, 2019, 7:57 am

    It’s obvious that not only do these people not know what they are talking about, but they have obviously never even used the products. A law needs to be proposed that states before a law maker can write a law, they need to take classes to be educated on what they are proposing before they can propose it either by its manufacturer or a qualified individual that uses the item in question. They make you put a muffler on your car, so save hearing and use a muffler for your gun. Silencers or aptly named suppressors are far from silent. This just further shows the stupidity of the left

  • Eugene June 28, 2019, 7:46 am

    Oh yea comes from a guy who likes little boys.

  • Firegoat June 28, 2019, 7:45 am

    Has these people ever fired a shot
    In their house in the middle of the night, after being woke up out of bed?
    The shot makes your ears ring, and hearing anything after that is difficult.
    You don’t know if you are being flanked or what, because one of your senses has just been rendered useless.
    Crackheads like to break into your house at night because you are sleeping and they’ve been up for days and need your money and stuff, you worked for, to continue their buz.

  • Phil June 28, 2019, 7:27 am

    Heard of any boxcutters being banned lately? They were used with such effectiveness that over 2800 folks lost their lives in just one day and the toll is still mounting. Just another pol showing his ignorance. Unfortunately many are in his sphere.

  • Steve Guyer June 28, 2019, 7:21 am

    We need to ban all Lunatics not suppressors! Every year hundreds of Thousands of unborn babies are murdered! Where is all the media coverage and public outrage ! Every year thousands of people are killed on the highways by Drunk drivers! Where is all the media coverage and public outrage! This country is ALL fu—- up! Ban muslims too remember the 3000 people they murdered at the World Trade Center !!!

  • Brian June 28, 2019, 7:21 am

    I actually held a suppressor once. I almost died. It was so dangerous. I don’t even know why you need a gun on the end of it, the suppressor was dangerous enough.

  • F U Commie June 28, 2019, 7:05 am

    Time to buy a couple solvent trap or five…

  • Du Mhan Yhu June 28, 2019, 6:55 am

    if I were to use that description of something, I`d say, “politicians are tools of death ” . A pack of weasels , Craving our very blood. Therefore, I suggest to them that they BUZZ OFF.

  • Jay June 28, 2019, 6:52 am

    If it’s good enough for any government, police, intelligence agency to have and use, then it’s is and should be automatically available for “We The People” to have and use. They call it the second Amendment! We the people are the ones that determine our laws and it about time the government re-learned that very important distinction in our declaration of Independence!
    “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are … endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…. That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men…. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. … Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Declaration of Independence (1776).”

  • Brian June 28, 2019, 6:41 am

    If you really wanted gun safety then silencers should be required for all guns, not banned, that’s ridiculous and typical of our misguided reps in D.C. Oh he’s from Jersey, I see why now!

  • Kevin Jones June 28, 2019, 6:40 am

    Stop wasting all this damn money on gun control and start putting it back in the mental health. The damn Democrats need to wake up. It’s all about mental health they’ve taken all the money away for mental health so what do you expect there’s more crazy people out there than normal people anymore. Even if they ban guns the criminals are still going to have their guns that’s why they’re criminals.

    • jim June 28, 2019, 8:07 am

      Just for clarity’s sake. Republicans are the ones who are always cutting funding for addiction and mental health services. Reagan de-institutionalized California’s state mental health system in 1967 (resulting in a explosion of homeless, and a huge gap in the mental health system), and Republicans have never missed an opportunity to cut money from those types of programs whenever they can.

      Seriously, you’re trying to argue that the touchy-feely/everyone deserves help/we need to make sure no one needs for anything-party is DEFUNDING a social service? Really?

      We really need to stop spouting inaccurate nonsense. It makes it almost impossible to argue 2A issues with anyone who perceives you as Republican, since they automatically assume you’re doing a Trump and just making stuff up to support your position.

      • Larry E Stewart June 28, 2019, 10:01 am

        Well, it is obvious that you are a democrat… BUT…. Choice of party is NOT the issue. The issue is, the fact that the U.S. Government is continuing to attempt to remove our freedom!!! Criminals are the problem… NOT the tools used to perform the sad act! We have a ridiculous amount of laws to deal with law breakers and criminals! Our court system needs to be more unified in the prosecution of the law4 breakers. Removing the rights and freedoms of law abiding citizens is not the answer….

      • John Rogers June 28, 2019, 10:14 am

        Just for clarity’s sake, there have been a literal shit-ton of liberal politicians in charge, both nationally and on the state level, since Reagan’s days. If they wanted mental health services fixed, it would have been done by now.

        They do not give a damn, because every time a mentally impaired person uses a firearm in a crime, the libs get another chance to demonize the firearm. That’s easier than admitting there is a mental health issue. That would take real work to fix, not like pushing some BS anti gun law.

        California pisses away their funds on obscure animal studies, and supporting illegal immigrants, while residents of the state are homeless and shitting in the street. Certainly liberals would defund mental health care. The money for their pet projects has to come from somewhere. They just wouldn’t advertise the fact.

      • rlc June 28, 2019, 2:43 pm

        Dear Jim why in the 52 years since the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act was passed (not Regan’s proposal, it was Frank Lanterman’s (R) Nicholas Petris (D) Alan Short (D))in California why haven’t the Liberal Democrats who followed revised or repealed the act??????? The blame For the PLS act lies squarely on the shoulders of the Democrat party in power in the California legislature at the time! Get your facts straight!

  • I hate liberals June 28, 2019, 6:22 am

    Suppressors don’t protect your hearing…what a moron. It muffles sound, nothing more and nothing less. If you’re firing sub sonic rounds through a can you can actually damage your hearing.

    • Justista June 28, 2019, 7:53 am

      ?

    • Dixie June 28, 2019, 7:54 am

      WHAT??? Your comment makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. A suppressor protects a shooter’s hearing precisely because it “muffles sound” to a level that is hearing safe. Furthermore, suppressors are most effective when used on guns firing subsonic rounds. Please explain how that can damage one’s hearing?

  • Leighton Cavendish June 28, 2019, 6:17 am

    They are cheap and easy to buy in most other civilized/developed countries…hmmm

  • The SGM June 28, 2019, 6:12 am

    Menendez, like so many in Congress relies upon staff to research and provide data to support his statements. Therein is the politician’s problem and it shows that he knows nothing about what he is talking about. He needs to fire a 45 and a nail gun in both in doors and out before he makes a comparison. He also needs to visit and get some statistics from a the VA concerning soldiers with hearing loss acquired during the cold war and after when hearing protection was evolving. I remember during the 1960s when hearing protection was a pair of rubber plugs in the one size fits all category or cigarette filters. Silencers are primarily not used in the combat arms because they hinder operations by making the weapon bigger, bulky, harder to shoot, harder to deploy rapidly and on and on. He and the supporters of this bill know not of what they speak just like most of Congress.

    • Hillary lost, get over it June 28, 2019, 8:32 am

      Menendez knows exactly what he is talking about, and so do his researchers. I can find text both good and bad on anything I want, it just matters what my position is. And with demons, they cant have total, and complete control, if we are all armed to the teeth. First, make it so no Republican can win , so they control all 3 branches, then, and they already said this is what they will do, add 5 or 7 more supreme court judges, so that they can cover the nefarious deeds. So, do not give up any firearm related items. You are gonna need them.

  • Mark Hopkins June 28, 2019, 6:04 am

    Here’s an idea: DON’T give up ANY guns or accessories you own. ANY “laws” these Jackasses make up are unconstitutional, and therefore ILLEGAL! The war IS coming, you’re going to need everything you have to keep yourself and your family as safe as possible. Don’t give up another damn thing. It’s starting to look like we traded one commie shitbag for another less identifiable commie shitbag. Time will tell…

  • Jacob June 28, 2019, 6:03 am

    All these politicians that demand gun control, fine, but first their protection details and security teams will have to be stripped of all of their guns first. These politicians don’t have to worry about being safe or protecting their property or family . I would love living in a gated community, have an armed driver, armed guards and armed security teams to shadow me and my family throughout the day. All the politicians are worried about is making more money and getting more power.

  • Pete June 28, 2019, 5:58 am

    In Europe suppressors are available over-the-counter like firearms themselves. As far as I’ve read, suppressors have never figured in any mass shootings. (Bump stocks may have.) The only purpose of them is to lower noise. We have mufflers on most motor vehicles; we need more effective ones on motorcycles. Menendez is merely grandstanding.

  • Alan Yates June 28, 2019, 5:51 am

    Strange! It was just six short years ago that he was caught with underaged prostitutes on a private jet with slick Willie.

  • Mufflers June 28, 2019, 5:21 am

    Okay so then we get to completely ban all importation blah blah blah of mufflers too right? That is why you can’t hear a car coming and people can kill you with that thing.

    • Joe J Hensley June 28, 2019, 8:12 am

      Will we have to equip electric cars with noisemakers so we know they are coming and need to step out of the way? Gotta give ’em credit for the spin.

      • noncompliant June 30, 2019, 6:48 pm

        Electric cars already have noise producing devices to alert pedestrians and sight challenged persons.

  • borecrazy June 28, 2019, 5:13 am

    What an ass! Menendez has no clue what is even going on! He’s seen too many hit man movies! Sound suppressors are something that saves peoples hearing-it STOPS HEARING LOSS of law abiding firearm shooters-period! Whether Menendez realizes it or not, there are many, many Americans who shoot regularly whether it is competitive, for practice, hunting, or just skeet or trap shooting among friends. With proper hearing protection and the use of sound suppressors, hearing loss is no longer a problem. The purchase of one is regulated so there is accountability, which is more than I can say for our congressional members!

  • arch June 28, 2019, 5:04 am

    Tard.

  • ronald grogg June 28, 2019, 4:18 am

    i am a hunter, 78 years old, i have a major hearing loss that the doctor said is in the tone range of hand gun and high power rifle noise. i wear very high power hearing aids due to this loss, $6000.00 cost. have to take them out when at the shooting range or when hunting. i tried a friends gun with a suppressror and no ear pain with aids in and my hearing protectors on. this will make all the difference for me. health and age does not permit golf but i still enjoy my shooting sports and fishing with friends and family for the few years i have left.

  • leo June 28, 2019, 4:11 am

    Menende is known criminal escaped justice/prison because of lawyers and big $ of donors like Soros. He is the one of the worse in our government, totally corrupt clown! Of cause he will introduce anything his boss is telling him to introduce, him Feinshtein, Waters etc are pretty much the same. Vote for Trump in 2020 or they will take our guns and constitution!

    • Joe June 28, 2019, 9:22 am

      Don’t count on Trump he is for gun control and said silencers should be banned just like bump stocks and red flag laws he has already back stabbed us gun owners.

      • T3D June 28, 2019, 10:26 am

        I thought I was the only one feeling betrayed by Trump. BumpStocks, they were mostly a gimmick, used one once, not something I am losing sleep over not being able to have, but how Trump got rid of them makes me very weary of his protection of 2A.

    • Hardtimez June 28, 2019, 9:48 am

      Trump has already said he doesn’t like silencers and would ban them. Get a clue

  • Norman Dvorak June 28, 2019, 4:10 am

    People who do no know what they are talking about should keep their mouths shut. Menendez has no idea what a sound suppressor really is or how much sound they can actually reduce the sound of a gun shot.

  • ssshhhhhh June 28, 2019, 3:10 am

    So ending the commercial and heavily regulated and taxed sale of suppressors is going to fix what critical problem? It’s seems like the problem is we slaves still have too many rights.

    The fact is that suppressing exhausted gas and thus noise from a firearm can be improvised with a soda bottle and some duct tape or a pillow.

    It’s to bad crooked, pandering politicians can’t be suppressed so easily, as they are far more deadly and much more dangerous.

  • Citizens June 28, 2019, 2:52 am

    If trump passes this theft law, it will be a sign of his true intentions.
    I nor millions more will not vote for Republicans ever again.
    Independent only.

  • Sepp W June 26, 2019, 5:05 am

    I have no opinion on suppressors except they are heavily regulated under NFA and subject to GCA. That should be good enough for the likes of Menendez and his ilk.

  • Fuck Menendez June 26, 2019, 1:27 am

    Coastal liberal cock holsters are going to legislate Americans into the chains of servitude. I’ve never bought into the concept of a civil war but for how long can Americans tolerate their rights be further subjected and minimized before action must be taken to preserve individual freedom. Will one day our children be forced to pay a tax to urinate while under surveillance by pedophiles like Joe Biden? Is personal property a concept Should they have their property confiscated on a knee jerk whim by a wealthy and corrupt legislature?

  • Will Drider June 26, 2019, 1:05 am

    Maybe the witness who thought sounds were a “nail gun” should run away then too. There are several articles on the Web by news services reporting nail gun murders. Nail guns have also been used in suicide attempts: Better stand by for a Nail Gun Ban.

    • deanbob June 28, 2019, 5:06 am

      Where guns have long been banned, mass murderers have shown they can find alternatives to accomplish their goals via knives, motorized vehicles, and of course, bombs. The left/progressives just want to control others; and those who support them are like the frog giving the scorpion a ride across the river (how did that turn out?)!

  • Jaque June 25, 2019, 11:50 pm

    Silence pedophile Menendez. A man who uses pre teen girls to satisfy his perversions is unfit to be a lawmaker.

  • 🧐 June 25, 2019, 8:12 pm

    I bet Trump will let this go through like the bump stock ban. He dazzles us with immigration, the economy so called “draining the swamp” ( which the same players are in the game). Then expresses how he not very fond of suppressors.

    • Hardtimez June 28, 2019, 3:27 pm

      Lol. He dazzles you dumm trumptards with anything he says. Run very far from the orange man.

  • Casca June 25, 2019, 5:36 pm

    I can practice an hunt with my bow or a crossbow with almost no noise. I can practice and hunt squirrels, rabbits etc with my air rifles but I must target practice, and I need a lot, or hunt with a very loud rifle or handgun, that upsets the household, game on my property, and my neighbors all because in 1934 busybodies said suppressors were a European thing and Americans didn’t need them.
    The anti gunners are the lowest of the low, their goal is to disarm America, to make us easier to be bullied and hogtied and ruled.
    I wish someone(s) would sue them in the Supreme Court for the taking away of our Rights protected by the Second Amendment our Bill of Rights which is illegal according to our Constitution. These anti gunners do not appreciate how much the 90% of Americans with Firearms are disgusted with them, how contemptious we are of them. They intend to force us to give up all our Rights. They want to dictate to and run our lvies when they can’t run their own.

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