Sheriff Valdez’s Hearing Protection Act Criticism Misinformed
by Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Shooting Sports Foundation
NEWTOWN, Conn – -(Ammoland.com)- The opinion piece from Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (“Our police officers need protection from gun violence too,” Thehill.com May 17) was misleading and inaccurate in its description of firearms suppressors.
To begin with, suppressors are already legal to own and use in 42 states — and to hunt with in 40, including the sheriff’s home state of Texas. There are more than 1.3 million suppressors owned by law abiding Americans and yet their use in crime is so low as to be nearly non-existent. This is because suppressors cost on average about $600 and add considerable length to a handgun, a characteristic making their use by criminals unlikely since concealability is difficult.
Curiously, to support her argument that suppressors represent a threat to law enforcement, she cites a rogue police officer who illegally possessed one in California.
There is nothing in the Hearing Protection Act that will “make it easier for dangerous people to obtain silencers.”
The bill does not deregulate suppressors. It simply removes a …Read the Rest