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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Within The Sound Of Silencers

It should come as no surprise that more people are buying guns and getting permission to carry them, with nearly 1 million Floridians now authorized to have a concealed weapon, state records show. Additionally, the interest in firearms silencers is also growing, as this item appears to be the new "must have" accessory for the well equipped American Patriot.

Local arms dealers and shooting range operators say they are busier, and they attribute it to the uncertainty of a presidential election year. I am afraid to speculate whether this is due to people's fear that, if elected, Obama will "take away" everyone's guns, or whether it means "shoot the candidate you hate the most".

According to an ABC News report, "The new permit numbers come one month after national attention turned to gun laws and ownership in Florida surrounding the shooting death of an unarmed teen in Sanford. George Zimmerman, a concealed carry permit holder and neighborhood watch volunteer, has claimed self defense under a controversial "Stand Your Ground" law since he killed Trayvon Martin in February."

That article brings to mind that this whole "silly" Martin-Zimmerman kerfuffle could have been avoided if Zimmerman had the foresight to have equiped his Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm with a silencer. With a properly equipped pistol, Zimmerman could have "offed" the kid and when interviewed, neighbors would have said, "Gun shot? I didn't hear no gunshot," and Martin's death could be swept under the proverbial carpet.

Why do I bring up the subject of "silencers"? Well, unless you live with your head buried in an orifice somewhere, silencers have been in the news quite a bit lately:

The Lone Star Outdoor News had this recent article:

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted rules permitting the use of firearm silencers for the taking of alligators, game animals or game birds.

“These devices are already legal for hunting exotic animals, including feral hogs, and there is no resource- or enforcement-related reason to prohibit these devices for hunting alligators, game animals or game birds,” said Scott Vaca, TPWD Assistant Chief of Wildlife Enforcement.

The regulation change does not relieve any person of the obligation to comply with applicable federal, state, or local law governing the possession or use of firearm silencers. Firearms silencers are regulated under the National Firearms Act. They are legal for individuals to possess and use for lawful purposes in 39 states, including Texas. However, a prospective user must go through an application process administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which requires a Federal tax payment of $200 and a thorough criminal background check.

While silencers (suppressors) do not eliminate the sound of a firearm, they do reduce the muzzle report in a manner similar to the way that a muffler reduces exhaust noise from a vehicle.

According to the National Rifle Association, noise complaints are occurring more frequently against shooting ranges, informal shooting areas and hunting lands throughout the country. Increased use of suppressors may help to eliminate many of these complaints.

From the Atlanta Journal and Constitution website:

Georgia hunters would be allowed to use gun silencers [...].

Sen. John Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee, said he sponsored the silencer-related Senate Bill 301 to help landowners deal with an overpopulation of feral hogs. The silencers, he said, would help them get off more than one shot. Bulloch also said it may help reduce the number of calls to law enforcement by residents who report hearing gunshots from hunters.

Silencers are legal in Georgia, but the law currently prohibits their use for hunting. The application process to obtain a silencer is regulated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

SB 301 passed on a 48-5 vote. It now moves to the House for consideration. The National Rifle Association supports the bill.

Here are a few rather amusing factoids:
  • Silencers are more accurately "sound suppressors"
  • The NRA supports the use of silencers (no surprise there)
  • Silencers are legal in Florida (again, no surprise)
  • Silencers eliminate the need for ear plugs on the firing range (as long as everyone has one)
  • With a silencer you can ignore Tampa's stupid law about discharging a weapon in the city
  • Your backyard can be your own private shooting range
Take a look at this video and you will see what I mean:

You might be asking, "So, what's your point?" Really, there is no point. I'll leave it to you to decide if massive fire power and sound suppression is needed by the individual here in 21st century America.

Although, you could ask yourself which is better, a couple of bucks for a set of earplugs or many hundreds of dollars for a silencer and permit? With an auto-loading "hunting" rifle with a twenty round clip, do you really need a silencer to ensure the kill of many animals at one outing? I mean, really, how much of an advantage do you need to kill a dumb animal?

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