Skip to comments.Arizona and Minnesota Pro-Suppressor Laws Take Effect Today
Posted on 08/01/2012 7:51:35 PM PDT by marktwain
Washington, DC -(Ammoland.com)- Today, two state level pro-suppressor laws go into effect in Arizona and Minnesota. Signed into law on March 29 by Governor Jan Brewer, House Bill 2728 grants hunters in Arizona the right to use legally owned suppressors while hunting game animals. With the passage of the law, Arizona became the second state in 2012 to legalize suppressor use while hunting. Similar measures were also passed in Texas and Oklahoma.
On April 18, Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota signed HF 1816 into law, allowing Federal Firearms Licensees with a Special Occupational Tax in Minnesota to possess suppressors to sell to the government, military, and other FFL/SOTs. Championed by Minnesota based JP Enterprises, with direct support from Rep. Peggy Scott, and Rep. Mike Benson, the new law takes Minnesota one step closer to the ranks of the 39 states that currently allow civilian ownership of suppressors.
Contrary to popular belief, suppressors, also referred to as silencers, do not render gunshots inaudible. However, often times they do reduce the report of a firearm to hearing safe levels, helping to protect the shooter and those nearby from permanent hearing damage.
In order for a civilian to purchase a suppressor, they must live in one of the 39 states that allow civilian ownership. All applicants must submit two Form 4s to the ATF for each suppressor purchased. A Form 4, or Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm, includes a stringent background check that is conducted by the FBI. In addition, applicants must submit a $200 non-refundable transfer tax, duplicate copies of passport photos and fingerprints, and receive a signoff from a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) in their jurisdiction. From start to finish, this transfer process takes anywhere from 30 days to one year to complete.
The American Silencer Association would like to congratulate Arizona and Minnesota for enacting their new laws. The ASA will continue to work off of their momentum to push for additional suppressor regulatory reform in those states which do not allow civilian ownership or suppressor use while hunting.
About the American Silencer Association: The American Silencer Association (ASA) is a non-profit trade association, whose mission is to further the pursuit of education, public relations, legislation, and hunting, law enforcement, and military applications for the silencer industry. For more information on how you can help protect your silencer rights, visit www.AmericanSilencerAssociation.com.
In one of the worst public health blunders of all time, millions of people have lost hearing because of the regulatory and financial roadblocks put in place to suppress the ownership of gun mufflers.
Legalize the tax free ownership of silencers. If just one childs hearing is saved.....its worth it!
That would be nice, but all but a very few Republicans scurry under the bed at the mere mention of that.
Suppressors are cool. And they will be hated more so than C-mags by the left in short order.
Well if Obama can shove near silent Volts upon us then we can silence (suppress technically) our guns.
This is disgusting. Why should they go through an FBI anal probe? And who gives shit what the local Sheriff thinks about it? What if you supported his opponent in the last election? 1 YEAR? Yeah, so the FBI goons can interview everyone in your neighborhood, your old teachers and ex-girlfriends. WHY? just for a so-called suppressor? And why ONLY hunters? Aren't DHS, ATF, FBI and LEOs allowed to use these?
a nipple from an old style baby bottle is as good a silencer as one would ever need.
good luck with that Chief LEO sign off too. maybe if he’s your uncle or if you donated heavily to his election campaign.
“a nipple from an old style baby bottle is as good a silencer as one would ever need.”
NO it doesn’t work.
If the CLEO won’t sign, like Lupe Valdez of Dallas, just form a NFA Trust. No muss, no fuss.
I have heard of this. It seemed like a too good to be true work around. I’ll have to investigate this further. You gotta link to get me started by chance?
yes it does....not as good as a real supressor, but close enough for government work!!!