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.
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.
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.
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.