This Thursday, February 13, an important pro-hunting bill is scheduled to be heard in the state Senate Natural Resources & Environment Committee, barring inclement weather in Atlanta. Senate Bill 93, sponsored by state Senator Bill Heath (R-31), would allow hunters in Georgia to use lawfully-possessed suppressors on firearms while hunting.
Currently, more than half of the states across the country permit hunters to use suppressors while hunting. There are numerous benefits to hunting with suppressed firearms, including:
- Elimination of noise complaints frequently used as an excuse to close hunting lands throughout the country, resulting in the protection of hunting areas well into the future.
- Reduction of recoil and muzzle rise resulting in increased accuracy of hunters. More accurate shooting in the field means fewer wounded and lost animals, a good thing for both hunters and wildlife.
- Reduction in muzzle report to hearing-safe levels, limiting the risk that the hunter or anyone with the hunter will suffer permanent hearing loss if they fail to use hearing protection.
Recently, Arizona, Oklahoma, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas adopted new rules allowing for the use of suppressors while hunting. It’s time that hunters in Georgia are able to enjoy the same opportunities available to sportsmen in more than half of the country. For more information on firearms and suppressors, click here.
Using the contact information provided below, please call and e-mail members of the Senate Natural Resources & Environment Committee and respectfully urge them to support SB 93.
Senate Natural Resources & Environment Committee:
Senator Ross Tolleson (R-20), Chairman
Senator Rick Jaffares (R-17), Vice-Chairman
Senator Bill Cowsert (R-46)
Senator Frank Ginn (R-47)
Senator Steve Gooch (R-51)
Senator Tyler Harper (R-7)
Senator Steve Henson (D-41)
Senator Jack Hill (R-4)
Senator Freddie Powell Sims (D-12)
Senator Curt Thompson (D-5)
Senator Tommie Williams (R-19)