Since the re-introduction of the Hearing Protection Act by Rep. Duncan and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) in January (H.R. 367, S. 59) the American Suppressor Association (ASA) has met with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on multiple occasions to discuss technical amendments to the language. As a result, we were able to create several technical amendments that were incorporated into the current draft of the SHARE Act. These include:
Sec. 1702: Removing suppressors from the National Firearms Act, subjecting them to the same instant NICS background check as long guns, and issuing a refundable tax credit to anyone who has purchased a suppressor since the HPA’s original date of introduction.
Sec. 1703: Ensuring that suppressors will remain legal in all 42 states where they are currently legal, after suppressors are removed from the National Firearms Act.
Sec. 1704: Preempting states from levying taxes or registration requirements on suppressors. However, this will not make suppressors legal in any state where state law currently prohibits them.
Sec. 1705: Granting the ATF 365 days to destroy all suppressor related records from the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR).
Sec. 1706: Developing a “keystone part” definition, and requiring that such keystone part is serialized on every suppressor. This will ensure that individual suppressor parts, like pistons and endcaps, will not require serialization.
Sec. 1707: Imposing a 10% Pittman-Robertson excise tax on the manufacture of each new suppressor, a tax that is currently imposed on all Title I firearms
I myself like that bit in Sec. 1702 that talks about tax credits for NFA stamps, because when this becomes law, I’ll be getting $200 back from the Sig Sauer suppressor I bought earlier this month. The Hearing Protection Act (or HPA) is an important piece of legislation for gun owners for a number of reasons, because it’s the first step in rolling back the antiquated and oppressive measures of the 1934 National Firearms Act (or NFA). Poorly-conceived and poorly-enacted, it’s confusing morass of very technical definitions and legal loopholes.
For instance, according to the NFA, this is considered a pistol,
and this is a rifle.
Understand that? Me neither.
The Hearing Protection Act is one of those few pieces of legislation that actually does what it says it does: It will help protect the hearing of people shooting guns, and those around them as well. I wear hearing protection every time I shoot a match or go to the range, but the fact remains that if I pulled off the muffler from my car and attached it to my gun, I’d be breaking the law.
American gun owners have been playing defense for far too long. We have yielded the high ground to gun control crowd again and again and again, and it’s time for that to end. We’re winning. Americans are still buying guns for self-protection in record numbers, and people are starting to realize that they are, and always have been, their own first responder.
The modern-day fight against gun control has been a long one. After the horror at Sandy Hook, gun owners were terrified that the Obama administration would not let that crisis go to waste. However, the murders of innocent children to impinge upon the rights of law-abiding Americas backfired on the Democrats, and no new federal gun laws of any significance were passed after that horror. The opposition threw everything they had at the right to keep and bear arms, and they came up short.
That was our Midway. Our El Alamein. They came at us, and we stopped them in their tracks.
It’s to take back some of our freedoms. It’s time for Guadalcanal. For Kasserine Pass. Rather than cower in fear and try to limit the damage to our individual rights, let’s restore the freedoms of American citizens to the God-given rights that they always have been.
If not now, when?