May 1st, 2015

Can-Can: Hunting with Suppressors Now Legal in Montana

Montana approves hunting with silencers and suppressors

Montana sportsmen can now legally use suppressor-equipped firearms when hunting game (provided the silencer was obtained in compliance with Federal laws). Montana Governor Steve Bullock recently signed HB 250, a new law allowing the use of sound moderators (aka silencers, cans, or suppressors) when hunting all types of game animals in the state. The enactment of this legislation immediately brings Montana in line with the 34 other states that currently allow the use of suppressors for hunting wildlife. Note, in all those states, you must still comply with federal regulations governing ownership of silencers and obtain a tax stamp for each suppressor you own.

Benefits of a Suppressor — Why Suppressors Make Sense:

Is It Legal For You To Own A Silencer?
The vast majority of the 50 states permit citizens to own silencers. Currently, the following states allow private ownership of suppressors: AL, AR, AK, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, and WY. Even if you live in one of these states, you should verify that owning a suppressor is legal in your city/county.

If you live in a state where suppressor ownership is legal, and you can legally own a firearm, then you can buy a suppressor. However, you need to obtain ATF permission and pay a tax.

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