Last week, excellent testimony from industry professionals, individual citizens and elected officials was given in support of Senate Bill 301 in the Georgia House Game, Fish and Parks Committee. Unfortunately, SB 301 has not yet been scheduled for another committee hearing and time is running short in this legislative session. If SB 301 is not voted on soon, it cannot be considered on the House floor. SB 301 passed in the state Senate by an overwhelming 48 to 5 vote on January 31.
SB 301 would allow hunters in Georgia to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.
State Representative Jon Burns (R-157) serves as Chairman of the House Game, Fish and Parks Committee. Please contact him TODAY and respectfully urge him to schedule a hearing for and support SB 301 before time runs out! All Georgians are counting on your immediate action. Contact information for Chairman Burns can be found below.
Representative Jon G. Burns (R-157), Chairman
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 and three other states (Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas) are currently considering similar legislation or changing their hunting regulations to allow their use. It’s time that hunters in Georgia are able to enjoy the same opportunities available to residents in more than half of the country.
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.
Make your voice heard. Contact Representative Burns today!