On Sunday, May 29, a bill that would legalize firearm sound suppressors will be introduced and considered by the Illinois legislature. This important pro-gun legislation will implement the legalization of suppressors, allowing for their lawful possession and use, including for the taking of game.
Suppressors provide numerous benefits to the hunters and sportsmen who choose to use them. Most importantly, suppressors decrease muzzle report to hearing-safe levels and reduce shooters’ risk of hearing damage, which can occur when discharging a firearm without the proper hearing protection. Additionally, suppressors help increase accuracy by reducing felt recoil and shot “flinch.” Beginners to shooting sports adhere to a quicker learning curve on average because the muffled sound equates to increased focus and concentration on proper shooting mechanics. Furthermore, suppressors help reduce noise complaints from neighbors, which are frequently used as an excuse to close hunting lands throughout the country.
Forty-two states currently allow for the sale, use and possession of firearm sound suppressors, while thirty-eight of those states allow for their use while hunting.
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