New Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – -(Ammoland.com)- The American Silencer Association is pleased to announce that on February 18, Governor Matt Mead signed SF0132 into law, granting hunters in the state of Wyoming the right to use legally owned suppressors while hunting all varmint, big game, and trophy animals.
The new law will also legalize the possession of suppressors “anywhere where game may occur”, eliminating an ambiguous interpretation of the law by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department which made it unclear whether it was previously legal to use suppressors at outdoor shooting ranges.
However, it is important to note that under the new law landowners may restrict the use of suppressors on private land.
Given the level of opposition from the AFL-CIO, and the Wyoming Game Wardens Association, the ASA could not have passed this bill without the help of our industry partners and sympathetic legislators. The ASA would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the Wyoming Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, the Wyoming Gun Owners, and the National Rifle Association, along with Senators Ogden Driskill and Paul Barnard, and Representative Allen Jaggi for their steadfast support. Additional thanks go out to Thunder Beast Arms Corporation, who organized suppressor demonstrations for state legislators, and to Governor Mead, for signing SF0132 into law.
Contrary to popular belief, suppressors, also referred to as silencers, do not render gunshots inaudible. Instead, they generally reduce the report of a firearm to hearing safe levels, helping to protect the shooter and those nearby from permanent hearing damage.
In order for a civilian to purchase a suppressor, they must live in one of the 39 states that allow civilian ownership. All applicants must submit an ATF Form 4, in duplicate, to the National Firearms Act Branch of the ATF for each suppressor purchased. A Form 4, or Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm, includes a stringent background check that is conducted by the FBI. In addition, applicants must submit a $200 payment for the transfer tax, duplicate copies of passport photos and fingerprints, and receive a signoff from a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) in their jurisdiction. From start to finish, this transfer process takes anywhere from 30 days to one year to complete.
The American Silencer Association would like to congratulate Wyoming for the passage of SF0132. The ASA will continue to work to push for additional suppressor regulatory reform in those states which do not allow civilian ownership or suppressor use while hunting.
About the American Silencer Association
The American Silencer Association (ASA) is a non-profit trade association, whose mission is to educate legislators, regulators, and members of the public on the legitimate uses of suppressors, and pursue legislative and regulatory reform in jurisdictions where their possession and use is unduly restricted.
The ASA is a sponsorship and member driven organization, whose ability to lobby is directly tied to donated funds. For more information on how you can help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, please visit www.AmericanSilencerAssociation.com.