The Hearing Protection Act is a Common Sense Gun Safety Reform Bill

silencerco suppressor silencer

Courtesy SilencerCo

By Larry Keane

Prospects for any sort of pro-gun bill moving in Congress are dim, but that doesn’t mean Congress shouldn’t try, especially when it’s a bill to make recreational shooting and hunting safer and make gun ranges better neighbors. That’s why NSSF is urging Congress to consider the Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 95.

It’s an uphill struggle for the HPA as Hollywood and detractors propel a misunderstanding of suppressors. An examination of the facts is helpful as suppressors are already used and increase safety when using a firearm.

Senate Disinformation

U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) have already erected roadblocks on streamlining suppressor regulations. Both severely miss the mark when discussing the hardware though. Sen. Gillibrand, staunchly antigun, tweeted in opposition to the 2017 version of the HPA, saying gunfire with suppressors “is quiet,” making it hard for the witnesses of crimes to hear criminal activity.

Sen. Menendez went further, introducing legislation in 2019 to ban the sale, import, manufacture or transfer of suppressors. Sen. Menedez said of his bill, “The sound of gunshots is what tells you that your life is danger, and that it’s time to run, hide, take cover, call the police and help others save themselves.”

Both couldn’t be more mistaken.

Suppressor Facts

Detractors vilify “silencers” for fear of what they’ve seen in fiction movies. They believe they’re completely quiet, magically making gunfire a quiet “pffft.” These are Hollywood myths.

Jeremy S. for TTAG

Suppressors are attached to the end of a firearm barrel and use a series of baffles to redirect the expanding gases from the barrel, reducing noise. Think of a car’s muffler. Hardly silent, suppressors reduce the noise from a firearm report down to about 130 decibels – around the same noise level as a motorcycle, chain saw or jack hammer. That decrease in noise dramatically makes it safer while hunting and during recreational shooting, protecting the shooter’s hearing as well as any surrounding or nearby participants too.

Suppressors are already common – and growing. In fact by current estimates there are over 1.5 million already registered in the United States and they’re legal to own and use in 42 states, including 40 states that allow them for hunting.

It’s just the process to purchase the accessory is cumbersome and lengthy. Suppressors are still listed on the 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA) along with machine guns, requiring an extra $200 tax stamp and extensive registration paperwork, submission of photos and fingerprints, chief law enforcement officer notification and duplicative background checks. When things are moving smoothly, it’s about a nine-month process to finally take possession of a suppressor.

SilencerCo suppressors

Dan Z for TTAG

Congressman Duncan’s Hearing Protection Act would delist suppressors from the NFA and allow them to be purchased and transferred the same way a firearm is purchased at retail. They would be regulated with the same markings (including serial number), record keeping and FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check that is required for a retail firearm purchase.

Congressional Prospects

Admittedly, prospects for any pro-gun legislation moving in this Congress or being signed by President-elect Joe Biden is dim at best. However, this is common-sense gun safety. This is a measure that will make for better neighbors for those living near gun ranges. European countries with very strict gun control laws actually require suppressors to be used for these very reasons. In some of those countries, they’re available for open purchase at hardware stores.

It’s time to hear the facts. Suppressors reduce noise, reduce recoil and make recreational shooting and hunting safer.


Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.


  1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

    Yeah, right. Like that’s gonna happen.

    Leftists paranoid about the political right having free access to the tools that could be used against them?

    1. avatar LOL @ GOOF says:

      This goofy geezer continues to get more incoherent and ridiculous by the hour. SAD!

      1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

        What’s the matter, widdle troll?

        We’re all laughing at you behind your back… 🙂

        1. avatar GS650G says:

          Dammit i want a troll to lick my shoes too!

        2. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “Dammit i want a troll to lick my shoes too!”


          Every time it pops up its head, kick it square in the teeth, as hard as you can.

          Get creative with the insults. Explore the environment.

          And have *fun* doing it!.. 🙂

        3. avatar LOL @ GOOF says:

          Oh yes. Geoff the Goof is a troll destroying legend…in his own small, age enfeebled mind. Seriously that fool is such a 🤡 !

        4. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “Oh yes. Geoff the Goof is a troll destroying legend…”

          A pretty good record so far, boy.

          From long before you arrived, to long after you’re gone.

          And that’s what pisses you off the most… 🙂

        5. avatar possum says:

          You seem to be a pretty nice guy Geoff, what’d you do to piss that feller off?

        6. avatar I Haz A Question says:

          It’s just All Hail. Let her rant. Just ignore and move on.

        7. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “… what’d you do to piss that feller off?”

          I *think* it may be who used to post here as P g 2.

          We had a problem with him pushing anti-vaxx crapola. Just would not shut the fuck up about it. We all go a bit off-topic here on some things, in TTAG, but that jerk-off only posted about that crap.

          So I started hammering him on it, and kept the beat-down on him until Dan Z. laid down the law telling him to knock that shit off.

          And that’s how I earned his affections… 🙂

  2. avatar atavistic says:

    Awaiting the followup article on the perpetual energy machine.

    1. avatar Rick the Bear says:

      I’m sorry that I laughed at that.

    2. avatar possum says:

      There’s no such thing. Even my PerpetualNuetrinoFusionBlomb stops perpetuating once the vaporized Universe’s vapor is vaporized.

  3. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    There are three political parties in this country. The R, D, and L. Show me which one has publicly made speeches about the HPA???

    1. avatar Casey says:

      The L’s.

      It was a pretty big part of the state rep whose campaign I worked on. We even did a range day to demo suppressors.

      Didn’t see any Rs there. Or the NRA. Or you.

      1. avatar Chris T in KY says:

        I was not invited. And I didn’t hear or see any statements. You seem to send messages inside your echo chamber a great deal. Its your responsibility to get the word out. That is the problem with the “gun Community”. This site, TTAG, should have been “atom bombed” with messages about your demonstrations. Was it? Did you message Mr. Dan Zimmerman? Or someone else at TTAG?

  4. avatar Chuck in IL says:

    Your just wasting bandwidth. If this bill couldn’t be passed with the GOP controlling the both the House and the Senate, it’s not going to ever happen.

    1. avatar Chuck in IL says:


    2. avatar doesky2 says:

      Did it even make it to a vote when we owned all congress 2017/2018?

      Don’t think so by this…

      Thanks peckerhead GOPe Paul Ryan!
      Gawd I hate the GOP.

      1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

        “Did it even make it to a vote when we owned all congress 2017/2018?”

        Wrong, we didn’t have the 60 votes required…

        1. avatar Coherent Republicans says:

          What’s this ‘we’ nonsense? ‘We’ ain’t want nothin’ to do with you, ‘man’.

        2. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          Suck on it boy, long and hard… 🙂

        3. avatar LOL @ GOOF says:

          Wait, you’re asking a boy to suck you off? You’re such a sick weirdo.

        4. avatar doesky2 says:

          Hey asshole, I said make it to a vote, not pass it.
          And that was in the house, not the senate.
          I want it on record who votes it down.
          Now GFY.

        5. avatar Anymouse says:

          They voted for Obamacare repeal 30ish times under Obama, with no hope of passage. They could have done HPA at least once under Trump and let the Dems filibuster it (or just not bring a Senate vote so the Dems couldn’t claim they killed it). This won’t even get a vote now.

        6. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “I want it on record who votes it down.
          Now GFY.”

          Nah, I’d much rather your mom… 🙂

  5. avatar Shire-man says:

    2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021.
    Hope springs eternal.

    1. avatar Chadwick says:

      After all guns are illegal it won’t matter what’s on the muzzle. That’s something I guess.

      1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

        A dead attacker doesn’t remark about how loud the muzzle report was.

        1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “A dead attacker doesn’t remark about how loud the muzzle report was.”

          Well, the corpse can prove if it was a muzzle contact wound… 🙂

    2. avatar TheUnspoken says:

      I remember when Dead Air had the Sandman K HPA special price, good until HPA gets voted on or something like that… It seemed almost possible at that time but those were different times.

  6. avatar Mark N. says:

    The facts do not matter to the gun banners. Their thinking cannot be corrected even with a live demonstration. This bill will pass only on a cold day in Hell.

  7. avatar SeizureDoc says:

    The election may still be overturned if we can just get big case to the Supreme Court.
    What are you smokin’ bro ?

    1. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

      The Supreme Court will not take any case regarding the election. Even if it did, do you trust a clown like Roberts to give the case a chance?

      1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

        Actually, yes it did. The problem is that it set the hearing date after Jan 20, to make the complaint ultimately void for mootness. See how that works?

        Roberts is a traitor and dishonors the robe. I wonder why so little has been said about the photos of him with the organizers of Epstein’s Fantasy Island.

  8. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

    What the hell is Keane smoking?

  9. avatar Frank says:

    Let the games begin!..OOrah!

  10. avatar Mark H says:

    Slimeball Mitch wouldn’t let it come to a vote when we had both houses.

    This is technically a simple Tax and Revenue bill, and thus not subject to the Filibuster. That’s the loophole the Left used to pass Obamacare with a bare majority. So only 51 votes were needed in the Senate.

    1. avatar Anymouse says:

      They could have done it under reconciliation, but they couldn’t even be bothered to pass budgets.

  11. avatar GS650G says:

    I’m sure passage of this act is on the First 100 Days list.


  12. avatar Friend of Anon says:

    Who cares about this when we will not have guns at all soon. Anti 2nd Amendment shit is getting worse fast.

    1. avatar possum says:

      A sound suppressed rock instead of just an ordinary rock

  13. avatar Hannibal says:

    “Prospects for any sort of pro-gun bill moving in Congress are dim, but that doesn’t mean Congress shouldn’t try..”

    It actually does mean that. It’s not dim, it’s impossible. It’s just a bit of misdirection so slimy politicians can convince rubes to keep voting for them even though they do nothing for those votes but put their name on a piece of paper that will never do anything.

    Oh, and fundraising.

  14. avatar LOL @ GOOF says:

    ‘GS650G’ is Geoff the Goof’s stupider, less relevant alter ego.

    1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

      Sure got you dancing, boy.

      Now go go get your shoeshine box… 🙂

      1. avatar Chadwick says:

        Living in his head rent free.

      2. avatar Tired of the bs says:

        When it’s done with your shoes can it wax my car?

        1. avatar LOL @ GOOF says:

          You mean the one you wrecked when you were DUI?

        2. avatar possum says:

          That’s the best time to wreckem.

        3. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “When it’s done with your shoes can it wax my car?”

          Look, I’m not claiming exclusive ownership of the little fuckwit.

          Anyone and everyone is free to use him as a fun punch-toy any time they wish.

          Bonus points for creativity! 😉

      3. avatar LampOfDiogenes says:


        I dunno, sport, seems like you may be misgendering the little troll . . . it seems to project a lot of estrogen, and VERY little testosterone. I think it’s an “it”, or maybe a “trans” (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).

        Tell us LOLGOOF, are you a womyn, or gay, or trans, or just a pathetic soiboi???

  15. avatar Prndll says:

    They would not pass this when the Republicans controlled all three branches. What makes anyone think this will go anywhere now? There is a much higher likelihood of silencers being completely outlawed in this country.

  16. avatar Thinker1 says:

    Common sense is quite uncommon, particularly in Congress. I like the proposal, but agree it is unlikely to see any forward progress.

  17. avatar possum says:

    I can’t hear you. You need to print louder.

  18. avatar Leigh says:

    Maybe if it is added to another bill that Dems MUST have…but will never fly on its own…

  19. avatar Alan says:

    UNLIKE what is usually described as “common sense legislation”, removing the ridiculous federal restrictions on firearm mufflers would be COMMON SENSE LEGISLATION!

  20. avatar Jim Warren says:

    Laughable when both sides of Congress want to take the firearms the silencers attach to.

    1. avatar possum says:

      Yup, ironicatbest

      1. avatar Mark N. says:

        Not really. When they take the guns, we won’t need suppressors except for out cars and trucks. And when those are all electric, we won’t need them for that either. So you see, it is really just a bunch of pols being “efficient” by not passing unneeded legislation.

        1. avatar possum says:

          I put cards on my bicycle spokes

        2. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “I put cards on my bicycle spokes”

          Aren’t you worried your tail could get caught in the chain? 😉

  21. avatar Matt in Oklahoma says:

    I can’t believe you even wrote this article at this time. You can’t possibly be that detached

  22. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    As I recall Speaker Paul Ryan made sure this legislation went no where near a vote during Donald Trump’s first 2 years in office. Gotta luv a RINO.

    1. avatar doesky2 says:

      Spot on.
      And to top it off Trump did not repeal any of the currently existing ant-gun EO’s.
      Wouldn’t it have been nice to have 4 years of feasting on various east european and russian guns and ammo.
      He couldn’t even throw us that bone.

  23. avatar Yuppppppp says:

    Won’t happen and Trump fucking betrayed us. We are done folks, grow balls and refuse to comply.

    1. avatar Ranger Rick says:

      A lot of Red Hats betrayed us and conservative values on January 6th.

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