The day after the election, SilencerCo sent out an email blast (below) to “The Suppressed™.” (I’m not sure how much gun owners like being labelled victims, but whatever.) The celebratory missive offers suppressor buyers a $200 refund if and when — but mostly when — the Hearing Protection Act is passed.
That’s because the Act would remove the $200 tax stamp fee charged by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) for the “privilege” of buying a gun muffler. SilencerCo reckons potential buyers will hang fire until the HPA passes.
Maybe so. I reckon the HPA’s passage will expand the silencer market exponentially. Who doesn’t want a suppressor? Paperwork-averse people on a budget without time to waste included. The HPA will eliminate the hassle and most of the cost. But not all of it. Cans still cost copious amounts of cash.
Enter the free market. While there are silencers and there are silencers, they’re not the most difficult product in the world to mass produce. Once manufacturers ramp-up production to meet demand, prices will come crashing down.
My fellow Americans,
Tuesday’s Republican election victory was a tremendous win for our Second Amendment rights and it also marked a significant increase in the potential for the Hearing Protection Act to become law and remove silencers from the NFA registry. SilencerCo has been and will continue to be a vocal supporter of the HPA and advocate for it to become a priority in the legislative agenda for 2017.
As a member of The Suppressed™, you’ve likely thought to yourself, “Why are silencers still an NFA item?” SilencerCo has not only wondered this ourselves, but along with partners such as the American Suppressor Association, we’ve taken steps to support the introduction of legislation to remove silencers from the list of NFA items.
On October 22, 2015 the Hearing Protection Act was introduced. This piece of legislation is aimed at removing silencers from the NFA and instead having their transfer go through a traditional ATF Form 4473 – the same way you would purchase a standard rifle or pistol.
What does this mean for you?
- No $200 tax stamp
- No excessive wait times
- No NFA trusts
- No fingerprint cards, passport photos, or Chief Law Enforcement Officer notification
- A simple process, just like when you purchase most firearms through your dealer
Even though the House, Senate, and Presidency will be controlled by like-minded advocates for the Second Amendment, bills take time to become laws and citizens should not be taxed for trying to protect their hearing while exercising their Second Amendment rights.
Between now and the passage of this bill, we encourage our customers to continue to support the industry and to take advantage of the following provision: The Hearing Protection Act also includes a provision for all people who purchase a silencer between the time the bill is introduced (October 22, 2015) until the day it passes – should you purchase a silencer during that time, you will receive a $200 tax credit to cover the cost of any new silencer tax stamps you pay for.
This bill was initially championed by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) as its primary sponsor and since then has had multiple co-sponsors. SilencerCo, Rep. Salmon, and all supporters of the bill realize that this is a long-term effort and will not be something that happens overnight. With the help of people like you – The Suppressed – we will gain momentum and educate both the general public and lawmakers as to the true nature of silencers.
If you haven’t already joined The Suppressed, click HERE to add your voice to the cause and write to your Congressmen and women and Senators to voice your support for the HPA as a legislative priority for 2017.