WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the introduction of the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) by Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05). This historic piece of legislation will remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act (NFA), replacing the antiquated federal transfer process with an instantaneous NICS background check. The HPA also includes a provision to refund the $200 transfer tax to applicants who purchase a suppressor after October 22, 2015.At this time there is no information posted to GovTrack or OpenCongress, or eve Representative Salmon's official House of Representatives web page about this bill, including a bill number. All the info out there is on blogs and fora, although guns.com does have the text of the bill as introduced. (Goes directly to .pdf file which will open.)
As many have said ( I believe Tamara said it first) suppressors are a safety device and should be sold in blister packs displayed by the cash register.
Frankly, I'd like to see the various gun rights organizations go after gutting the entire National Firearms Act of 1934; most of the limitations under it are arbitrary and serve no demonstrable purpose. As a compromise, since the hoplophobes are so fond of the word, Uncle Sam can keep charging a fee on items like suppressors and short barreled rifles and shotguns, say $50.00, which is to be collected at the point of sale. The idea that these things are so inherently evil that charging a larger tax and making law abiding citizens jump through various regulatory hoops is going to reduce their use in crime is absurd, and reducing the bureaucratic burden would probably result in such an increase in revenue as to be a net gain, not to mention all the bureaucrats who could be reassigned to more productive work.