Over time, one almost certain casualty of hunting will be a shooter's hearing.
"I wish I had half the hearing I've lost," said Louis Knebel, a shooting enthusiast and hunter from Pickerington.
Acting on his own and not at the behest of any advocacy group, Knebel has made significant headway in a quest to make the use of suppressors legal for hunting in Ohio. Suppressors, depicted rather unrealistically as silencers in countless Hollywood gangster and spy films, offer personal and social benefits that come with noise reduction though it's far from noise elimination when a trigger is pulled on certain firearms.
State law makes unlawful the use of a gun "equipped with a silencer or muffler to take a wild bird or quadruped." However, Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R Grove City), majority whip and a member of a cards klatch to which Knebel's wife belongs, has dealt out legislation that would amend the Ohio Revised Code.
Grossman's bill, which has been assigned to the agriculture and natural resources committee, would bring hunting rules on the use of suppressors more in line with their legitimacy in nonhunting arenas.
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