Hot! GOP Makes Gun Silencers Easier to Buy

Buyers will also be refunded the $200 transfer tax

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The GOP has passed a new gun law which removes silencers from the National Firearms Act of 1934 reports Law Newz. Applicants who purchased silencers and suppressors after October 22nd, 2015 will also be refunded the $200 transfer tax.

Under the National Firearms Act of 1934, the process of obtaining a suppressor is a tedious one which involves a registration followed by a federal screening, which can take up to nine months and a $200 tax.

The Hearing Protection Act of 2017 was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and Rep. John Carter (R-TX).

When introducing the bill Rep. Carter said, “Suppressors do not make guns silent or dangerous. They are simply a form of hearing protection, both for the shooter and their hunting dogs.”

However, gun control advocates do not believe the pro-silencer arguments. Kristin Brown of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said as quoted by LA Times, “There’s no evidence of a public health issue associated with hearing loss from gunfire. There is evidence of a public health crisis from gun violence, and we think that’s where legislative efforts should be directed.”

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