Arizona: NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Legislation Introduced In House!

Posted on January 31, 2012

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Please Contact Your State Senators and Representatives TODAY and Respectfully Urge Them to Support!

Today, state Representative David Gowan (R-30) introduced House Bill 2728, NRA-backed pro-hunting legislation.  Enactment of this bill would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting. 

In order to acquire a suppressor, a purchaser must submit the appropriate paperwork to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives where long wait times for approval are unfortunately common (four to six months), undergo a background check by the FBI, find a licensed dealer authorized to conduct the transaction and pay a one-time $200 tax for each device.  While suppressors do not eliminate the sound of a firearm, they do reduce the muzzle report in a manner similar to the way that a muffler reduces exhaust noise from a vehicle.  The benefits associated with suppressor use include increased accuracy due to reduced recoil and muzzle blast, protection from hearing damage and reduced noise pollution. 

Noise complaints are being used more frequently as an excuse to close shooting ranges, informal shooting areas, and hunting lands throughout the country.  Increased use of suppressors will help to eliminate many of these complaints and protect hunting and shooting areas well into the future.  For more information on firearms and suppressors, click here.

Currently, more than half of the states allow hunters to use suppressors while hunting.  It’s time that hunters in Arizona enjoy the same opportunities available to residents in more than half of the country.  Your NRA will continue working to legalize suppressors while hunting, and will keep you updated on HB 2728.

It is important that you call AND e-mail your state Senator and Representatives TODAY and respectfully urge them to support HB 2728.  Contact information for your state Senator and Representatives can be found here.

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