On Friday, February 10, the House Water and Land Committee will hear House Bill 1589, sponsored by Representative Ryan Yamane (D-37). This legislation would allow the use of sound suppressors while hunting in the state of Hawaii.
Currently, 40 states allow the use of suppressors while hunting. Sound suppressors attached to firearms (less accurately called “silencers”) are an additional tool available to help protect hearing, increase accuracy and safety, and reduce noise complaints by surrounding residents. While suppressors do not eliminate the sound of a firearm, they do reduce the muzzle report of a firearm, reducing the risk hearing damage. Additionally, suppressors help increase accuracy by reducing felt recoil and shot “flinch.” Suppressors also help reduce noise complaints from neighbors, which are frequently used as an excuse to close hunting lands throughout the country. …Read the Rest