Suppressor-friendly SHARE Act passes committed, heads to House floor
By Chris Eger
Congressman Rob Bishop, chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, during a recent town hall in Utah (Photo: Scott Sommerdorf/The Salt Lake Tribune)
A sweeping package of hunting and fishing reforms including the Hearing Protection Act was marked up Thursday by the House Committee on Natural Resources.
The Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement or SHARE Act, won a Republican-heavy 22–13 vote a day after hearings where Second Amendment and gun control advocates squared off before lawmakers.
“The SHARE Act removes bureaucratic roadblocks that inhibit Americans’ access to outdoor sporting activities on federal lands and reigns in federal encroachment on Second Amendment rights,” said Committee chair, U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah.
The package, which rehashes a popular series of measures pertaining to federally-controlled land that passed the House as a whole in 2014 but failed to make it into law, includes language to drop suppressors from National Firearms Act regulation. While doing away with the $200 transfer tax established in 1934 and refunding stamps paid over the past two years, it mandates the devices be considered Title I weapons, enabling their transfer after a simple National Instant Criminal Background Check.
National gun control groups slammed the action by lawmakers, which advances the package to a