After a recent --clearly not a false flag #Merica!-- shooting where only one of the two handguns was outfitted with a suppressor, we have the Help Empower Americans to Respond (HEAR) Act. My understanding is that it has been introduced in both chambers...and then there's this little nugget:
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who is cosponsoring Menendez's bill, insists there is no legitimate reason to own a suppressor. "The only people who could reasonably oppose a ban on gun silencers are criminals trying to avoid detection by law enforcement or mass murderers trying to hurt as many people as possible," he says. "Whether a firearm is being used in a mugging or a massacre, the sound of a gunshot is a warning that helps bystanders get to safety and allows law enforcement to track and apprehend the shooter."
Americans legally own about 1.5 million suppressors, which means they live in one of the 42 states where the devices are legal, have paid a $200 transfer tax, and have passed a federal background check that typically takes eight to 10 months.
That sounds like slander or libel or something not positive, Senator Dickey!
I don't even own one, but damn if I'm just as opposed to banning "silencers"!
At least we're moving up to metal inanimate object bans!