American Suppressor Association Legislative Update for February 2018

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American Suppressor Association Legislative Update for February 2018

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On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, the California Senate Public Safety Committee heard S.B. 710, a bill seeking to legalize suppressor ownership and hunting in California. Unfortunately, even after informative testimony by the American Suppressor Association, the committee failed to pass the bill in a 3-2-2 vote with two republicans and one democrat voting in favor of the bill. Two democrats voted against, and two abstained.

The American Suppressor Association is working on language for a new, slightly modified bill in California for the current legislative session and continuing our process of education and advocacy on behalf of gun owners in California.

On Tuesday, February 20 2018, the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife unanimously advanced a bill to remove the sunset provision on hunting with a suppressor in the state, which will otherwise expire on August 1, 2018. This legislation has the support of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. We are working directly with Rep. Stephen Wood (R-57) to ensure that hunting with a suppressor in Maine becomes a permanent fixture. Should it pass, a special permit will still be required to hunt with a suppressor in Maine.


LB780 a proposed bill in Nebraska to ban bump stocks and suppressors has drawn significant opposition. The American Suppressor Association submitted written testimony to the Judiciary Committee opposing the ban on suppressors. Since that hearing, the original bill sponsor, Patty Pansing Brooks, has offered an amendment to remove the ban on suppressors. As of this writing, the amendment has not been incorporated into the bill. The American Suppressor Association will continue to monitor this bill in Nebraska.


On Tuesday, February 20 2018, American Suppressor Association Executive Director Knox Williams was in Vermont to testify in the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife in support of House Bill 31. Following the hearing, Williams, along with Brent Miller of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), hosted a suppressor demonstration for the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, and officers of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Brennan (R-Chittenden) and Rep. George Till (D-Chittenden), H.31 seeks to legalize hunting with suppressors in the state of Vermont – one of just two states where suppressor ownership is legal but suppressor hunting is not. In 2015, the American Suppressor Association was instrumental in legalizing suppressor ownership in Vermont with the passage of House Bill 5.

We will provide updates on our efforts in Connecticut (hunting), Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island as they progress.

American Suppressor Association

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 research.

For more information on how you can join the ASA, and help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, please visit us online at

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The only way to take our country back is to vote out every incumbent, regardless of party affiliation! Vote in only vetted candidates who’ll do our bidding, not their self serving agendas! Take away the sitting traitors office & take away their power! What part of “shall not be infringed upon ” don’t these arrogant horses asses understand? Is it because they think they are above the law? Or we as a collective are just too stupid for their own good?


Given the current storm created by the Las Vegas and Parkland school massacre, it appears gun ownership and the 2nd Amendment is at the precipice. The left and all the anti-gun groups have solidified and now have weaponized the students to attack the 2nd Amendment. Businesses and corporations are supporting them and backing out of their arrangements with the NRA. The NRA, which is perceived to be the heart of gun ownership is under siege. It is obvious that those who we put in office to protect and defend our rights are either weak and ineffective or scammed us for… Read more »


Face it, the Hearing Protection Act died in Las Vegas and Concealed Reciprocity died in FL. We have been roayally screwed. What timing.

Ozark Muleskinner

Politicians, even those new to political gamesmanship, will always be politicians first. Campaign promises and integrity will always take a back seat to the exigencies of the moment, as they are defined by polling results and social media. I voted for Trump solely because I knew election of the Clinton Crime Syndicate candidate would be much worse. Thus, I am not surprised by the Donald’s ever shifting positions. Evidence that this would be his modus opperanda was easy to predict from even a cursory examination of his past actions, personal and business. Hang on folks, it’s gonna’ be a bumpy… Read more »


Trump and the Republicans deserve everything they get in the midterms. What happens when you give one party all three Branches of Govt.? They do nothing! And the NRA has been complicit in this. They’ve bickered, argued and fought among themselves over absolutely every damn thing, screwed gun owners, and what needs to happen is they need to lose both Houses for a few years and have gun owners send them a very loud message: SCREW WITH US AT YOUR OWN PERIL!


I might agree with you but now what? If the false republicans lose seats we go back into a holding pattern on advancing or restoring any 2A rights. If the looney liberal democrats win more seats you know there will be more control put in place. If the (again false conservatives) win seats they will still do nothing. We have been here too long and too many times

Wild Bill

Hold the nose. Register so that you and your friends can vote in the primaries or participate in the township caucuses. Everybody pile into the car and flood the primaries and township caucuses. Support the new, not corrupted yet candidate. That is where the struggle will be won or lost.

Wild Bill

@OM and Vanns, I believe the answer is in sending new, not corrupted yet candidates to Congress every election, and most particularly this mid term. We can arrange that by flooding the primary elections and township caucuses, and supporting the new candidates that do not yet owe their existence to the national parties. It does not cost a thing. Registering with a party is free. Voting in a primary or caucusing are free. Getting your friends together is free. The night out afterwards might not be free!


Apathy is too high. Americans like to complain but not vote. It’s a reason we get elected officials and laws the majority doesn’t want.

Ozark Muleskinner

I understand your feelings but we can’t give up on America. It will take hardwork and a commitment to backing the good candidates, new or incumbent it does not make any difference as long as what they say AND do what is right and Constitutional. Sitting on the sidelines while the boat is taking on water is unacceptable. Find out which candidate(s) will truly help us pump bilge water and stand against the swamp critters and WORK to get them elected. It’s taken years for the USA to get in the current sorry state and it will take years of… Read more »