The discussion regarding the deregulation of silencers (suppressors if you insist on using the more politically correct term) has traveled quite the roller coaster path in the last few months. Staying as clear from partisan politics as possible, the election result was a surprise to most on each side. In the end, gun rights proponents had a blast of exuberance with an NRA-endorsed President Elect. Part of that excitement included hope for the newest iteration of the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) which would remove silencers from the National Firearms Act regulations.
However, along with riding the wave of positivity came some irrational thought processes. Getting a bill signed into law is a long, hard fought process that takes months if not years of work, lobbying and constituent support. And that goes double for a bill that is controversial enough to take on the deregulation of certain firearms. (We’ve talked about how these metal tubes known as silencers are actually classified as firearms in the United States, right?).