Please Contact the House Game, Fish and Parks Committee TODAY
Tomorrow, Senate Bill 301 is scheduled to be heard in the state House Game, Fish and Parks Committee at 1:00 p.m. in Room 415 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building. SB 301, sponsored by state Senator John Bulloch (R-11), would allow hunters in Georgia 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 across this country allow hunters to use suppressors while hunting. It’s time that hunters in Georgia are able to enjoy the same opportunities available to residents in more than half of the country.
Please contact members of the state House Game, Fish and Parks Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support SB 301. Their contact information is provided below:
Representative Jon G. Burns (R-157), Chairman
Representative Stephen Allison (R-8), Vice-Chairman
Representative Sharon Beasley-Teague (D-65)
Representative Roger Bruce (D-64)
Representative Pam Dickerson (D-95)
Representative Elly Dobbs (D-53)
Representative Emory West Dunahoo (R-25)
Representative Rick Jasperse (R-12)
Representative David Knight (R-126)
Representative Tom McCall (R-30)
Representative Jimmy Pruett (R-144)
Representative Martin Scott (R-2)
Representative Jason Shaw (R-176)
Representative Jason Spencer (R-180)
Representative Al Williams (D-165)