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New Jersey Democrats Sen. Bob Menendez and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman on Thursday introduced legislation to ban gun silencers.

The 2021 Help Empower Americans to Respond (HEAR) Act, which Menendez first introduced in 2019 after the Virginia Beach mass shooting that killed 12 people, bans the sale, manufacturing, importation, transfer and possession of gun silencers.

"Gun silencers are dangerous devices with one purpose and one purpose only – to muffle the sound of gunfire from unsuspecting victims," Menendez said in a Thursday statement. "The sound of gunshots is what signals you to run, hide, take cover, call the police and help others save themselves; however, this is nearly impossible when a gun silencer is used."

He described the bill as "commonsense legislation that will prevent armed assailants from using these deadly devices to make it easier to shoot and kill another person."

"They have no legal application, which is why law enforcement officials around the country have been calling for their elimination," she said, adding that the HEAR Act "will save lives and is part of the common-sense approach to firearms legislation that polls show has widespread support among voters on both sides of the aisle."

The HEAR Act would also authorize a silencer buyback program, give Americans a 90-day grace period after the legislation is enacted to comply and provide limited exceptions for law enforcement and Atomic Energy personnel.

Cosponsors include Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and Alex Padilla of California.

Aidan Johnston, director of federal affairs for the gun rights organization Gun Owners of America, condemned Menendez and cosponsors of the HEAR Act as displaying "ignorance about firearms technology" and Second Amendment Rights in a statement to Fox News.

"For just a few cents, one can acquire a thread adapter from a local hardware store and a used oil filter from a car. And with that, any firearm can be equipped with a homemade 'suppressor,'" Johnston said. "However, the overwhelming majority of crimes are committed without suppressors — not because government regulations make them difficult to acquire, but because they are impractical to conceal on firearms."

He added that responsible gun-owners "have practical everyday uses for suppressors, including home defense, hunting, and sport shooting. "

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, along with Texas Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn on Wednesday introduced legislation called the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing (SHUSH) Act of 2021, which would end federal regulation of suppressors, noting in a press release that Americans who wish to purchase silencers must fill out numerous forms with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and obtain certification from local law enforcement.

Johnston praised the SUSH Act, saying, "The right to keep and bear arms clearly extends to a firearm accessory like a suppressor."

Menendez first introduced the HEAR Act after it was reported that the Virginia Beach shooter, DeWayne Craddock, on May 31, 2019, opened fire in a government building using a .45-caliber handgun with an attached suppressor. The tragedy prompted a wave of new gun-control legislation at the time.

More recently, the Biden administration and legislators including Menendez have introduced more gun-control legislation following mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia; Boulder, Colorado; and Orange, California.

Menendez -- along with Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Ted Deutch of Florida and Dina Titus of Nevada -- on Wednesday introduced legislation that bans the sale, manufacturing, transfer, possession or importation of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.


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Kype--yes, suppressors are already illegal in New Jersey (what's legal here?), I guess it takes two a$$hole politicians from New Jersey to try and push their politics on the rest of the country.  Suppressors are legal in 42 states, the states that don't allow individuals to own them are New Jersey, New York, California, Hawaii, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and DC.

It's pretty outrageous that Bonnie Watson Coleman is sponsoring this bill since both her sons were convicted of armed robbery of a Toys R Us with a firearm and she used her position to get their mandatory sentences reduced from 10 years down to 5 years.  She also got her felon son a County job which he shouldn't have since he is a felon!  What a disgrace!

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It's called hearing conservation!  I don't know about the guys on this site but my hearing is pretty bad from shooting W/O hearing protection when I was young.  Suppressors cut noise and recoil, a twofer!  Criminals don't use suppressors and not legalizing them in the other 8 states doesn't make sense!

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  • 3 months later...
On 6/9/2021 at 9:01 PM, B B said:

All I keep thinking about is how many more groundhogs I could kill if I had a suppressor :hmmmer: 

This thought has crossed my mind too every once in a while when i am forced to deploy body trap. Ruger 22 suppressed would be very useful but ofcourse illegal in nj.

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Speaking of suppressors that's EXACTLY what they are.... suppressors of anything that doesn't fit their agenda.

If they want gun control they should apply the same logic that they did with drunk driving.  A hard first time  punishment WITH NO PLEA BARGAINING rather than their catch & release program they have in place now.

But, no.  Let the guy who committed a crime with a gun walk (they need his vote) and go after the honest everyday hard working guy who's vote they don't need.

I thought, growing old would take longer ! 

I spent most of my money on shotguns and fly rods.  The rest I just wasted.

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