Strange backs Hearing Protection Act as gun control groups remain opposed
By Chris Eger
U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., is the latest lawmaker to come out in support of the Hearing Protection Act. (Photo: Alabama Today)
Another Republican Senator has signed on to a bill to deregulate suppressors while gun control advocates contend its passage would be “devastating” for public safety.
Alabama’s Luther Strange — the former state attorney general tapped to fill the seat left vacant after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as U.S. attorney general — last week became the latest lawmaker to become a co-sponsor of S.59, the Senate’s version of the Hearing Protection Act.
Strange, who has an extensive history of pro-gun actions while he was Alabama’s top cop, said he knows first-hand the potential health risk of hearing damage from the use of firearms.
“As an avid sportsman, I know that repeated exposure to loud noise can have real life effects,” Strange said in a statement. “By protecting recreational shooters, animals, and nearby communities from hearing loss and disruption, suppressors serve an important function for those who enjoy the great outdoors of Alabama.”
According to 2016 figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there were 30,849 suppressors registered in Alabama, which ranked sixth in the country behind states such as Texas, Florida