Hearing Protection Act: The Journey Ahead

American Suppressor AssociationU.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Since our last newsletter, staff from the American Suppressor Association has met with dozens of Congressional offices in Washington, D.C. about the Hearing Protection Act (HPA). Along with our partners, we continue to push the needle forward one step at a time.

If you’re interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the work that is being done to get the Hearing Protection Act passed and signed into law, you’ll want to see this video produced by SilencerCo, which features the ASA. It also highlights the main organizations that are in this fight with us – the NRA, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

The Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 367, S. 59) remains in the Top 10 most viewed bills at Congress.gov. Now with 133 cosponsors in the House, and 12 in the Senate, it continues to receive national media coverage. Your continued emails through www.HearingProtectionAct.com, as well as calls and letters, are one of the main reasons that this bill continues to build support in the House and Senate and is adding new cosponsors on a weekly basis. Keep those emails coming! It takes less than a minute to make your voice heard!

The ASA, with the generous support of our sponsors, will be holding five auctions to coincide with the NRA Annual Meetings (NRAAM). Five different ASA sponsors will be displaying these custom suppressed pistol packages in their booths at NRAAM. The auctions will start the weekend before the convention and will conclude on Sunday, April 30th. The sponsor manufacturer that has the highest auction price for the suppressed pistol package feature their suppressor will be crowned the winner of this friendly competition.

Keep an eye out, because we will be sending an email on April 20th with links to each of the auctions so that you can place your bid on your favorite package. All proceeds from the auctions will go to benefit the ASA’s efforts to pass the Hearing Protection Act and pro-suppressor reform across the country!

About the American Suppressor Association (ASA)

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor industry. Our mission is to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distribu­tors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish our mission, our principal initiatives focus on state lobbying, federal lobbying, public education, and industry outreach.

For more information on how you can join the ASA, and help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, please visit www.AmericanSuppressorAssociation.com.

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    It’s astounding that the people we elect for office are too concerned with their own agendas to work as a unit for the American people. Politicians should no longer be paid. If you wanna live the life, pound the pavement and actually rally your followers for your funding. They would earn exactly what they are worth. I hate what we have become as a torn nation. Take the stamp off silencers already, they don’t make guns any safer or any more dangerous. Taking 247 days to discuss and agree on a bill is embarrassingly pathetic. How complex is this agenda… Read more »

    larwest
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    “We’re talking about 30db of noise. Wake up.” — and therein lies the problem. Ignorant opponents (and there are a LOT of them) think that with a suppressor, a criminal could use one right next to you while you’re sleeping and the noise would NOT wake you up. These people live in a world populated with Hollywood fantasies and delusions — but despite their ignorance, there are enough of them that they get to make a lot of laws that govern the rest of us. And we must be extremely careful, because they are already indoctrinating our youth — no… Read more »

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    This is not really an update. Where does the Bill stand? When will it be brought up for a vote? Has it been reconciled with the Senate version? Why does it appear NOT to be advancing? Now that both Houses are out for recess if it doesn’t move quickly once the recess is over it may we’ll be dead this year. If this happens gun owners will not be happy and will place the blame totally on Congress, not the President. This will not be a happy time for Republicans in 2018.

    ras
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    Personally, I give this bill very little chance of making it, as the Democrats are solidly against it’s passage, and the Republicans are still acting like they lost the election.

    Mike
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    That’s a good one. Very true.

    Braddock III
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    Don’t be a defeatist who is resigned to accept failure, call your congressman today.

    ras
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    Wish I could but I live in the communist state of Connecticut that is represented in the Senate by the likes of Dick Blumenthal, and Chris Murphy. Two of the most militant anti-gun Senators.

    Braddock III
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    I’ve got Jeanne Shaheen and Carol Shea-Porter for reps and I give them a piece of my mind at every opportunity. We both know this legislation that has zero to do with guns and everything to do with responsible sound management. Statistics are not on their side of this argument. The ATF has already published support for easing the paperwork burden by stating that suppressors have not been statistically proven to have an impact on public safety with respect to premeditated shootings. To a democrat, the Govt is the final authority on such subjects… so throw it back in their… Read more »

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    I hate to “ditto” Ras’s comment … I live in CA and it’s a similar situation to CT. There is not a snowball’s chance in Hades that our 2 rabidly liberal Senators (Feinstein and Harris) would go against their party line and vote in favor of the Hearing Protection Act :-(. So I’ll not waste my breath calling *their* offices and instead focus my attention on the voting booth in 2018 and beyond. Kamela Harris, before her election as Senator last fall, was the CA Attorney General and oversaw the instantiation of all kinds of Draconian, counterproductive gun laws (like… Read more »

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    Start a grass root effort to defeat them in the primary

    oldvet
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    oldvet

    And Harris will be the next demo candidate for POTUS.

    larwest
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    larwest

    Kamala Harris … as a candidate for POTUS?! Now *that* is a scary thought 🙁 :-(. Another Hillary Clinton, just a younger model with less historical baggage to hold her back. And here I get called “sexist” for not supporting candidates like Hillary or Kamala, or “racist’ for not voting for Obama. Do we live in a country where I’m no longer allowed to vote for candidates now because of their *political views*? I would *love* to vote for a moderate candidate who happens to be female and/or whose skin happens to be something other than white. I sure wish… Read more »

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    @larwest, what is “instantiation”? Also, if you could get Trump to deport the illegal aliens so that they don’t vote in CA elections, then you might get your state back.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @oldv, I sure hope that you are right!

    oldvet
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    I think he ment installation .

    larwest
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    larwest

    Yes, “installation”. (darned spelling auto-correct sometimes makes things worse, instead of better…)

    larwest
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    It can probably pass in the House. But in the Senate, it will probably require 60 votes to pass (if the Dems decide it’s work filibustering, and they’re likely to be as obstructionist as possible). Unfortunately, it probably doesn’t have 60 votes, as that would require, at least 8 or 9 Dem votes.