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American Silencer Association – Iowa Suppressor Legalization Needs Immediate Support

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

ATLANTA, GA — Iowa House File 2381, a bill which sought to legalize the possession and ownership of firearm suppressors in Iowa, was denied a hearing in a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee chaired by Senator Thomas Courtney (D-44), and is no longer active. HF 2381, formerly known as HF 384, passed the Iowa State House by an 83-16 margin.

The opposition for the legalization of suppressors stems from the vehemently anti-gun Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Robb Hogg (D- 33). Despite overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, Sen. Hogg continues to oppose the measure in a blanket attempt to block any and all legislation that advances the Second Amendment.

What Sen. Hogg does not understand is that the legalization of suppressors is about more than the Second Amendment. It is about jobs. It is about economic development. It is about hearing protection.

The primary role of a suppressor is to reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm to hearing safe levels. Despite their name, suppressors do not silence anything. Instead, they simply trap the expanding gasses at the muzzle and allow them to slowly cool, in a similar fashion to car mufflers. Their muffling capabilities intrinsically make them a hearing protection device for both the shooter and those around them.

Even the most effective suppressors on the market on the smallest and quietest calibers reduce the peak sound level of the gunshot to that of a chainsaw or a hammer drill (110-115 dB). According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), “without proper hearing protection, running a chain saw for only 2 minutes can become dangerous to the human ear.” For centerfire rifle and pistol calibers, suppressors can only reduce the peak sound level to that of a snare drum at a rock concert, or a jet engine at takeoff (130-140 dB).

According to NIOSH, individuals should not be exposed to sound levels over 85 dB for more than eight hours (Occupational Noise Exposure, Revised Criteria 1998). For every three dB increase, exposure time is cut in half. At levels between 130-140 dB, the sound level of most suppressed firearms, noise levels are loud enough that only a few rounds can be safely fired without earplugs or earmuffs. Any exposure to sounds in excess of 140 dB will cause instantaneous and irreversible hearing damage. However, when suppressors are used in conjunction with traditional hearing protection devices, shooters can safely expose themselves to hours of additional shooting without risking permanent damage to their hearing.

Iowans have made it clear that they want to become the 40th state to allow their citizens to protect their hearing by possessing and using suppressors. In order for it to become a reality this year, the Senate and House leadership will need to agree to include language from HF 2381 in their end of session leadership bill. They will only do so if you keep the pressure on them.

Please contact members of the Senate and House Leadership IMMEDIATELY and urge them to support the legalization of suppressor ownership in Iowa. Urge your friends and family to do the same. Without everyone’s support, your rights will not be granted.

Contact information can be found here:


Senate President Jochum: Pam.Jochum@legis.iowa.gov (563) 556-6530
Senate Majority Leader Gronstal: Mike.Fronstal@legis.iowa.gov (712) 328-2808
Senate President Pro Tempore Sodders: Steve.Sodders@legis.iowa.gov (641) 751-4140
Senate Majority Whip: Joe.Bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov (319) 337-6280

House of Representatives:

Speaker Paulsen: Kraig.Paulsen@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3521
Speaker Pro Tempore Olson: Steven.Olson@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
House Majority Leader Upmeyer: Linda.Upmeyer@legis.iowa.gov (641) 357-8807
House Majority Whip Hagenow: Chris.Hagenow@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221


Utah Shall Sign Bill Passes Legislature, Moves To Governor

Friday, March 14th, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Just before midnight on Thursday, the Utah State Senate voted unanimously to pass House Bill 373, with amendment, by a final tally of 27 – 0 – 2. Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox (R-7) and Sen. Mark Madsen (R-13), the bill seeks to ensure that law abiding citizens within the state would receive their CLEO signature within 15 days of submitting their NFA application.

Following its passage by the Senate, it was then sent to the House for concurrence. At 11:50 PM local time, with ten minutes to spare before the midnight deadline, the House voted to accept the amendment, which reinstated the 15 day time period, and unanimously passed HB 373 by a final vote count of 68 – 0 – 7.

The American Silencer Association would like to thank everyone who took the time to contact their legislators in Utah in support of HB 373. We would also like to thank Rep. Wilcox and Sen. Madsen for their hard work and tenacity on the issue. Finally, we would like to thank the National Rifle Association for having gone above and beyond to support this legislation.

HB 373 will now go to Governor Gary Herbert to be signed into law. Given the overwhelming support in the legislature, it is likely that he will do so.

Nonetheless, please contact Gov. Herbert and urge him to sign HB 373. Contact information can be found here: http://utah.gov/governor/contact/


The Iowa Suppressor Ownership Bill Needs Your Support

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Our friends at the American Silencer Association have asked us to spread the word on a pending bill that would allow citizens of Iowa to possess suppressors. As a native of that great state that values liberty, it’s something near to my heart.

Last week, State Rep. Matt Windschitl, (R-Missouri Valley) introduced House File 384 to the Iowa State House. The purpose of the bill is to legalize the possession of suppressors for the law abiding citizens of Iowa who complete the proper Federal NFA transfer process.

Iowa is currently one of only 11 states that prohibit the possession of suppressors by civilians. For a full map, visit the ASA’s website.
Although HF 384 is moving through the General Assembly, it needs your support to pass.

Please contact members of the Iowa State House and Senate TODAY and urge them to support the legalization of suppressor ownership in Iowa. Contact information can be found below:
House: www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/house
Senate: www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/senate

Participate in the American Silencer Association Silent Auction at SHOT Show

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The American Silencer Association is conducting a silent auction at SHOT Show to raise money for advocacy and lobbying efforts in 2014. Their primary focuses include defeating ATF 41P, expanding state ownership and hunting laws, and decreasing NFA transfer times. They have an aggressive plan in place for 2014, but need funding to properly execute. ASA would like to raise at least $25,000 at this year’s SHOT Show. Help them by supporting our industry, and supporting the association.


The auction will begin on Tuesday, and end at the close of the show on Thursday. Winners will be contacted on Friday. Each auction item will be located in the donor’s booth. Manufacturers are competing to see who can raise the most money for the ASA. The company that wins will receive an award for their efforts on behalf of the association.

Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC) – Booth 14268

o Ti Rant 45-S: $795 MSRP

o M4 2000: $1,050 MSRP

o Mk13 SD: $1,795 MSRP

AWC (Armalite) – Booth 11771

o Ultra 13: $1,560 MSRP

Daniel Defense – 20171

o ISR: $3,200 MSRP

Gemtech – Booth 20521

o GM-22: $395 MSRP

Silencerco – 8403

o Harvester: $750 MSRP

Surefire – 13968

o Ryder 22-A: $469 MSRP

o SOCOM 556-RC: $1,375 MSRP

Thunder Beast Arms Corporation (TBAC) – 7206

o Model 30BA: $1,245 MSRP

Wyoming Makes Hunting With Suppressors Legal

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

In some areas of the United States, legislators are hard at work devising new laws to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms. But, in other areas, the opposite is happening. Take for example Wyoming where lawmakers have made it legal to hunt with suppressors. Here is a short announcement from the American Silencer Association.


New Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2013

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.

Full Press Release to follow!