More gun owners are buying
silencers suppressors for their firearms after anti-gun lawmakers have done everything in their power to outlaw the accessories. The sales for silencers went through the roof last year, as CNN has reported a 37% increase in sales in 2013 over 2012.
Nearly 500,000 units were sold last year, compared with 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011. See a trend here? Not only are the units helpful in reducing hearing damage, but they also just make sense, especially for home defense when a firearm will often be fired inside a home.
If lawmakers are so concerned about firearms being a health issue, maybe they should start advocating that more Americans get silencers. Gun owners are already signing up to buy the devices so quickly that there is a 9 month waiting period for the beloved ATF to approve registrations.
According to CNN,
ATF special agent Tim Graden said that silencers are categorized as firearms by the federal government, even though the silencer itself can’t fire a bullet. The basic background check for most guns requires the purchaser to present a photo ID to the retailer and electronically submit a form to the ATF. Approval usually takes about 20 minutes. But purchasing a silencer requires the applicant to mail or Fax a photo and fingerprints to the ATF and to pay a $200 tax, with the approval process taking nine or 10 months.
That’s because silencers are regulated by the National Firearms Act, which was passed in 1934 in response to gang violence, according to the ATF. But they’re still legal in 39 states, including 29 states where they’re permitted for hunting, according to the American Silencer Association.
“Most people just don’t know you can buy one,” said Jason Schauble, chief finance officer for SilencerCo in West Valley City, Utah. “We have a whole campaign called ‘silencers are legal’.”
Advanced Armament Corp. of Lawrenceville, Ga., uses the slogan “Silencing is not a crime.”
Check out a silencer in action in this recent Youtube video:
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