May 2nd, 2023

Democrats Push Legislation to BAN and Confiscate Suppressors

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Last week, oppressive legislation was re-introduced in Congress that would ban and confiscate all suppressors (aka “silencers”) in all 50 states. This sweeping suppressor ban is the work of two Democratic party lawmakers, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ). This unconstitutional legislation is called “HEAR Act”. HEAR stands for “Help Empower Americans to Respond”. The deceptive name falsely suggests this statute was in some way designed to protect hearing or reduce noise pollution.

Just the opposite is true. This misguided legislation would prohibit the importation, sale, manufacturing, transfer, and possession of suppressors. The object is both to ban suppressors AND to confiscate currently-owned suppressors. As GunsAmerica Digest explains: “Emphasis was added on ‘possession’ for the obvious reason. It means even current can owners would be affected!”

READ Text of HEAR Act Legislation Banning Suppressors »

Senator Menendez, in a press release, argued that suppressors are very commonly used by criminals, something which is completely and totally false. The mendacious Menendez stated: “Gun silencers are devices designed for a very specific purpose — to suppress the sound of gunfire from unsuspecting victims and reduce the chances they can run, hide, take cover, and call the police during an active shooter situation. [This] legislation that would prevent armed assailants from using deadly devices that only make incidents of gun violence all the more dangerous.”

Sen. Menendez has an interesting reputation in Washington. He was indicted in 2015 on bribery charges, and stood trial in 2017, resulting in a hung jury. And, according to the N.Y. Times and Politico, he is currently under investigation for more questionable practices. SEE N.Y. Times Report.

The sponsors of the legislation do not acknowledge that there is a complex, and expensive process to acquire a suppressor, involving background checks, ATF paperwork, and a costly $200 Tax Stamp. As usual, these Democrats ignore the facts and push legislation based on fraudulent assertions.

corrupt democratic senator Menendez HEAR act suppressor silencer ban confiscation law congress U.S. Senate houseRep. Bonnie Watson Coleman attacked the use of silencers, completely ignoring how they are safely used by hunters and sportsmen throughout the world. Coleman states: “Silencers are not tools of self-defense, they are tools of murder. They have no legal application, which is why law enforcement officials around the country have called for their elimination.”

The HEAR act would ban all future sales of suppressors. In addition, the law would allow confiscation of existing suppressors via a buy-back program using Byrne JAG grants. Current suppressor owners would have a 90-day grace period after the date of enactment to surrender their silencers/suppressors.

GunsAmerica Digest notes: “Not surprisingly, the legislation is backed by a collection of the usual suspects.”

U.S. Senators who are listed as HEAR Act co-sponsors include: Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). Every one is a Democrat.

In the House of Representatives, HEAR Act cosponsors include Reps. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), Wiley Nickel (D-N.C.), Glenn Ivey (D-Md.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.). Again all the co-sponsors are Democrats, including some of the most radical legislators in Congress (such as Rashida Talib).

The America Suppressor Association (ASA) has condemned the reintroduction of the HEAR Act.

“ASA is unequivocally opposed to any attempt to ban suppressors. We are unwavering in our support of the Second Amendment and the individual right to possess suppressors. We will fight this tooth and nail. With the facts on our side, we will succeed.”

Read HEAR Act Text Banning Suppressors and Authorizing Confiscation:

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