Virginia Update: ASA’s Work To Defend Suppressors

Virginia Update: ASA’s Work To Defend Suppressors
Virginia Update: ASA’s Work To Defend Suppressors

U.S.A.-( With the 2020 legislative session underway, the American Suppressor Association has been hard at work, fighting to ensure that law-abiding citizens in Virginia do not lose the right to own and use suppressors. We arrived in Richmond on Sunday, January 5th, and have spent the past 12 days breaking down misconceptions and educating legislators on the realities of suppressors.

Our primary mission is to ensure that Delegate Mark Levine’s (D-45) House Bill 961 does not succeed. The bill seeks to ban the sale of suppressors, standard capacity magazines, and “assault firearms” in Virginia. If enacted as currently drafted, Virginians in lawful possession of suppressors will be required to destroy them, transfer them out of state, or surrender them to state or local law enforcement by January 1st, 2021. Any civilian caught importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, or transporting a suppressor after that date would be charged with a Class 6 felony.

Thus far, we have had in-person meetings with every legislator in both the House Public Safety Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee, or one of their staffers. Although the bill has yet to be assigned to committee, these are the two that have jurisdiction over firearms.

We also participated in the NRA’s lobby day on Monday, January 13th, where thousands of gun owners from all across Virginia showed up to peacefully voice their displeasure with the tyrannical anti-gun measures being considered by the legislature. Throughout the day we handed out hundreds of ASA stickers, “Cans Not Bans” pins, and educational leaflets on suppressors. We encouraged everyone that we spoke with to find their legislators office, ask to meet with the member or legislative assistant, and let them know that they oppose any ban or further restrictions on suppressors in the Commonwealth.

Our meetings at the Virginia Capitol have made one thing abundantly clear: most of the legislators that we met with did not understand the basics of suppressors. There were exceptions, including Delegate Glenn Davis (R-84), a member of the House Public Safety Committee, who personally owns several suppressors. We offered every member and staffer that we met with the opportunity to join us at the range for an educational live-fire demonstration of suppressors. We sincerely hope that they will take us up on the offer.

Next week ASA will travel to Las Vegas for SHOT Show, the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. We plan on returning to Richmond the week of January 27th and will remain through the end of the legislative session if necessary.

Holding the line in Virginia is ASA’s top priority for 2020. Virginia is the cradle of the American Republic. If we lose ground in Virginia, we will certainly lose ground elsewhere. Failure is simply not an option.

In order to win, we need your help. Will you join us? 


The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor community. We exist for one reason and one reason only: to fight for pro-suppressor reform nationwide.

The ability of the American Suppressor Association to fight for pro-suppressor reform is tied directly to our ability to fundraise. Since the ASA’s formation in 2011, 3 states have legalized suppressor ownership and 18 states have legalized suppressor hunting. Much of this would not have happened without your support. For more information on how you can join us in the fight to help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, visit

Take Action Now
  • EMAIL – Email your legislator using the contact form below
  • CALL – Call your legislators and ask them to oppose any ban on suppressors
  • MEET – Get to Richmond and meet with your legislators in person
  • Encourage others to call and schedule meetings with their legislators
  • Stay tuned for updates
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jack mac

Will: Just now, this minute, I got off the phone with a fund solicitor for the NRA. I advised the caller that I will not send funds to NRA, and will send to the GOA.

Wild Bill

@laughing Jack mac, Last night my rural mail carrier brought me a survey by the GOP national committee. As if they really wanted my opinion!
At the end, they wanted a donation. I wrote upon it: “Until the unconstitutional GCA of 1968 and the unconstitutional NFA of 1934 are repealed, I am giving your donation to the Gun Owners of America.


I’d suggest that all you folks focus on defending the 2A first. Without guns there is no need for suppressors.


Oh, and get out the vote for pro 2A candidates nationwide.

Ej harbet

If you enjoy suppressors and want to secure their legality,take people shooting at a empty range and let them try yours! I was hooked on suppressors by a friend and his silencerco sparrow. To a shooter who gets tired of plugs and muffs a suppressor sells itself! I hope Virginia stays free and i really hope they and we learned the lesson and get up off our arses and freaking VOTE!!!


@wjd – Add federal preemption and you’ve got the start of a good compromise position. Well… as long as you include protection for common firearms, magazines and ammunition. See – I’m willing to give up a little here… Common being defined as anything 1000 people nationwide say they would buy if legal and affordable…

Wild Bill

@wjd, he is a regular suppository of really bad ideas.