HPA & SHARE Act

SilencerCo has been a strong supporter of the Hearing Protection Act since it was first introduced. We’ve known from the start this would not be a quick or easy road, but it would be worthwhile in the end when every law-abiding citizen was able to purchase a silencer without the arduous and unnecessary paperwork and wait times that they currently undergo.

Citizens should not be taxed for trying to protect their hearing while exercising their Second Amendment rights. The Hearing Protection Act also includes a provision for all people who purchase a silencer between the time the bill is introduced until the day it passes – should you purchase a silencer during that time, you will receive a $200 tax credit to cover the cost of any new silencer tax stamps you pay for.

Title XV of the SHARE Act

On September 1st, 2017, HPA, H.R. 367 was combined with Title XV of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, H.R. 3668, and was introduced in the House. You can track the progress of the SHARE Act here.

To Wait Or Not To Wait?

The decision might seem like a no brainer, but there are a lot of pieces in play. Choosing between then and now could make a world of difference.

Option 1: To Wait

  • The HPA might not pass. If it does pass, the demand for silencers will create shortage almost immediately. This will cause a bump in the price of these items, and will add even more time to purchase, and so you’re better off purchasing today, rather than holding out for it to pass.
  • There’s a provision written into the bill that addresses the $200 tax stamp, and as long as your purchase falls after the first introduction of the bill, October 22, 2015, you will receive a refund of your $200 tax stamp for each silencer you purchase.
  • You may find yourself waiting indefinitely for your silencer. Sometimes bills fail to pass and become law, so due to the nature of politics and lawmaking generally, you’re better off buying today.
  • You’ll have to wait for the time it takes HPA to pass, andThere will be an increased demand for silencers if HPA passes, and the rules of supply and demand mean prices will rise as scarcity becomes an issue. Not only will you find yourself waiting for HPA to pass, but also for supply to catch up with demand.
  • If the HPA fails to pass, you’ll have wasted time waiting, and then you’ll have to wait for the normal transfer time on top of however long you’ve waited to purchase.
  • Silencers will go fast Silencers will go fast if HPA passes — just like .22LR and black guns, except, silencer demand will remain high, and likely won’t level off for some time as manufacturers work to meet the influx of demand.

Option 2: Buy Now?

  • The current language in the HPA refunds your $200 tax stamp purchase, so should the bill pass, you won’t be out $200 by purchasing today.
  • You’ll already be in the queue for your new silencer, so if HPA passes, all you’d need to do is head to your local gun store and pick it up.
  • You’ll be able to lock in your silencer at the current market price, and won’t have to worry about tracking down your preferred model.
  • You won’t waste any time. Regardless of what happens with HPA, you’ll be ahead of the game.
  • You’ll be supporting the industry while HPA takes time to make its way through the legislative process, which to date, is already a few years in.
  • Silencers are available right now — all types, all brands — and for reasonable prices.

Know the Facts

familiraize yourself with the hearing protection act by checking out some of the resources provided below

The Bottom Line

Yes, it’s more of a hassle to purchase through the current NFA process. However, with the uncertainty of HPA passing, the time it will take HPA to pass (if it does pass), and the ensuing increased demand drying up the market and making silencers cost more, you’re better off going ahead and claiming your silencer now. You’ll get the $200 back, won’t have to wait for supply to catch up to demand, will lock in current industry prices, and will already have your wait time underway, should anything negative happen to HPA. Nothing is certain in politics, and with that in mind, inaction may only lead to a lengthier wait.

Contact your local legislator today to show your support for the Hearing Protection Act.

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