Today, House Bill 1563 passed the Indiana House of Representatives by an overwhelming 95-2 vote. HB1563 will now be transferred to the Senate where it will be referred to the appropriate Senate committee for consideration.
HB 1563, sponsored by state Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57) and fully supported by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, would allow hunters in Indiana to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms while hunting.
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.
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.
The NRA would like to thank Representative Eberhart and Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88) for ensuring the passage of this pro-hunting reform. Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org for updates on the status of this legislation as it progresses through the Senate.