Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to Consider Rule Change to Allow Hunting with Suppressors
Posted on January 19, 2012
On Wednesday morning, the Regulations Committee of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is planning to propose an amendment that would allow suppressors on firearms while hunting game.
Sound suppressors attached to firearms (less accurately called "silencers" in federal law) are an additional tool available to help protect our hearing and are quickly gaining in popularity throughout the country. Although few may realize it, suppressors are not a new innovation. The Maxim Silencer Company opened its doors more than a century ago. Teddy Roosevelt is reported to have used one on his Winchester Model 94 at his Long Island home in order to avoid disturbing his neighbors while dispatching varmints.
Suppressors are gaining popularity among shooters both in and out of the tactical realm. The increased interest in these useful accouterments should come as no surprise. Whether we are talking about boots, performance wear or guns, gear coveted by our nation’s warfighters tends to be popular in the commercial market.