September 11, 2017-
According to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) report issued in late August, the number of National Firearm Act-regulated items legally in public circulation is at an all-time high. Included among those NFA-regulated “items”: Suppressors. BATFE reports that 285,000 suppressors were legally purchased in 2010 and more than 1.36 million were legally purchased in 2016. The agency says revenues from suppressor sales generated by the $200 tax on each transfer increased from $32 million in 2015 to $62 million in 2016.
The proposed Hearing Protection Act, HR 367, would eliminate the $200 transfer tax on suppressors by dropping them from NFA rules, but would still requires they be purchased through a federal firearms licensee after a background check. They would essentially be regulated as a firearm. The bill, submitted by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) in January, has 159 co-sponsors and is in the House – Ways and Means, and the House Judiciary committees. The Hearing Protection Act is among several significant firearms-related proposals most gun owners want to see adopted this fall. Also on tap is the proposed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (National Reciprocity) HR 38, submitted by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) with 209 co-sponsors and currently in the House Judiciary Committee. A relatively recently proposed bill is the Second Amendment Guarantee Act HR 3576, submitted by Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) on July 28. This bill would essentially mandate federal preemption of state capacity to impose gun laws more restrictive than those encoded in federal statutes.