Oklahoma Legalizes Hunting with Suppressors on Public Land

Hunting with Suppressors
Hunting with Suppressors
NFA Freedom Alliance
NFA Freedom Alliance

Oklahoma City, OK -(AmmoLand.com)- In a major advance for hunters, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed HB2637 a bill to legalize hunting with suppressors (silencers) on public land in Oklahoma.

HB2637 is effective November 1st, 2016. In 2012 the Oklahoma legislature passed SB1743, which legalized hunting with suppressors on private land with a landowner’s permission.

The exclusion of public land was the result of a necessary compromise reached between NFA Freedom Alliance lobbyist Todd Rathner (then lobbying for another organization) and some legislators who were opposed to the concept of hunting with suppressors.

“I promised those who hunt in Oklahoma I would be back to finish this job when I started it in 2012, and today I was able to fulfill that promise,” said Todd Rathner the Executive Director of the NFA Freedom Alliance. “It is the position of the NFA Freedom Alliance that those who hunt on public land should have the same privileges as those who hunt on private land,” Rathner added.

“Hunting with a suppressor just makes good sense, why not do everything you can to protect your hearing and be a good neighbor?” he concluded.

The members of the NFA Freedom Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Representative Kevin Wallace and Senator Joseph Silk for sponsoring HB2637, and to Governor Mary Fallin for signing it. Hunting with suppressors (also referred to as silencers) is legal is 38 states.

About the NFA Freedom Alliance:

The NFA Freedom Alliance is the strongest direct action/lobbying organization working at the state and federal level to ease restrictions on the ownership, manufacture, sale, and use of items regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA).

For more information, visit: www.nfafa.org.

  • 6 thoughts on “Oklahoma Legalizes Hunting with Suppressors on Public Land

    1. +1 fishunter. You can hear deer in the woods in Oklahoma, too. Also squirrel, birds, varmints etc. And I always listened for other hunters, although I usually avoided them as they were scaring off the game. I just cannot hear well in a crowded room and one frequency during a hearing test where my tinnitus is so bad. Fortunately crunching leaves, snapped twigs and snorts and whistles are still in my hearing range. I just wish I’d had suppressed weapons all my life so I would not be embarrassed in a room full of people by not being able to hear a conversation.

    2. Well, Randy, you are a lucky one. I went through Basic and AIT in 1969-70 but got to come home and complete eight years in the OKARNG. I qualified on the M1, M14 and M16. As the supply sergeant for our company, I burned thousands of rounds through my M16 to use up or allotment of rounds at annual qualifying at Ft. Sill. Sometimes there were 2,000 to 2,500 rounds to expend and it sometimes got very old before completed. I used ear plugs but that did not stop the majority of the damage, as you should know. But I had tinnitus before I ever went to Basic Training. I grew up hunting dove and quail and ducks and squirrels and shooting at anything else that moved in the woods and on the open pastures where I grew up here in Oklahoma. Guess what? No hearing protection at all during all those years. After completing Basic and AIT, my father in law introduced me to deer hunting and I spent the next 30 years hunting deer in Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming. So, I have tinnitus that is so loud it can keep me awake at night. As I write this I can hear the ringing over the sound of the TV. At one tone, I am totally deaf to sound because of the damage. In my case, it would have been nice to have a suppressor just for the .22LR pistol and rifle rounds I fired over the years. I’d love to have some now for my pistols but I continue to use plugs and muffs for protection.

    3. Why would anyone want a suppressor (silencer) unless they are in Iraq or a war zone. I used them in Vietnam in 1965. I cannot, in my right mind, think of a logical reason to use a suppressor. Please, do give me that “it protects my ears” argument. There are many good OSHA approved hearing protectors on the market. At gun stores, Home Depot, Lowes, True Value and many more retailers.

      1. I do not know how much you have hunted big game but in Colorado you can hear deer and elk before you see them. If you are wearing hearing protection, you will not be able to hear them and may miss a great opportunity to put food on the table. Additionally, people in you hunting group may need you for a variety of things and you would not hear them. If hunting, you do not have time to stop and put on gear.
        I hope these few reasons help you think about the situation and knowing people, it may or may not change your mind. It depends how open your mind is.

    4. Good job OK! I hope that the Colorado Liberals will soon be pushed-out and some common sense legislation can take place.

    5. Got this one done. Now on to Constitutional Carry. Lot of opposition to it right now, though, as it is working its way through the process. Never have been able to get word directly from my local State Senator, Susan Paddack, if she is pro- or anti-gun. I suppose she is anti-.

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