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The introduced Sportsmen’s Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act has the Hearing Protection Act in it

Here’s the bill. If you scroll down to here, you will see the following:


This title may be cited as the Hearing Protection Act.

(a) In General.Section 5845(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking (7) any silencer and all that follows through ; and (8) and inserting ; and (7).

(b) Effective Date.The amendment made by this section shall apply to calendar quarters beginning more than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

Section 5841 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following:

(f) Firearm Silencers.A person acquiring or possessing a firearm silencer in accordance with chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, shall be treated as meeting any registration and licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer..

Section 927 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, a law of a State or a political subdivision of a State that imposes a tax, other than a generally applicable sales or use tax, on making, transferring, using, possessing, or transporting a firearm silencer in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, or imposes a marking, recordkeeping or registration requirement with respect to such a firearm silencer, shall have no force or effect..

10 Responses to “The introduced Sportsmen’s Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act has the Hearing Protection Act in it”

  1. mikee Says:

    I am torn between saying “Yipee! This might work!” and “Shh! Get it passed before talking about it!”

  2. Tirno Says:

    Now, what’s Speaker Ryan’s position of the timing of this?

    With regard to National Reciprocity… I’m be willing to give him about 1.2 years of slack if he gets SHARE through now-ish.

    Straight political factoring, I think immediately following the 2018 election is a great time for a reciprocity bill. Maximum amount of time before next election, all lame-duck Rs can do one final gesture requiring no courage, lame-duck Ds will do whatever, re-elected Ds will be opposed as Nancy wants but this is a great time to say, “Go win some elections, then.”

  3. Jonathan Says:

    So now we’re splitting political capital between between this and HPA.

    I guess it’ll be a convenient excuse when neither get passed.

  4. Maxpwr Says:

    How is this possibly going to pass a liberal socialist filibuster in the Senate? It won’t.

  5. wizardpc Says:

    Gets cut in the first committee

  6. Michael Says:

    Somebody please explain to me, which seven Dems will vote for this? Let’s not beat up on the good guys, and keep our eye on who is actually blocking these things.

  7. Geoff Says:

    The Leftist rag Salon already found out about it.

  8. JTC Says:

    Meh. Let it die. A muffler is not a gun. Wait until it is reclassified to the safety device or accessory that it is.

  9. Patrick Says:

    @Timo: Ryan is fine with this and so is the caucus. It sounds good on paper while inviting more gun control.

    Despite what you read, this bill has no force or effect over the availability of silencers in gun-control states. As a matter of fact, this bill is likely to INCREASE gun control and create outright bans of silencers in places where you can have them today.

    The only federal preemption is in the area of taxation. There is no preemption regarding possession and/or transfer, generally. That means places like Maryland – where you can have silencers today with little regulation – will outright ban them now that the NFA is no longer the long pole in possession.

    This bill is GOP canard. It sounds pro-gun but leaves open huge doors for gun control. The bill will have some benefit in places that are solidly pro-gun already, but also allows anti-gunners more leeway (and excuse) to ban something that nobody cared about until now.

    This bill puts silencers directly in the line of fire of Bloomberg.

    So of course Ryan likes it.

  10. Patrick Says:

    @Jonathan: HPA won’t get out of the Senate. If you want anything done (other than naming of a post office) in the current Congress you need to stick onto a larger bill that will pass both chambers.

    This is the right approach, but the wrong bill. Understand they could do the same with with reciprocity, but won’t.

    Silencers are being used to cover for the fact your GOP caucus just doesn’t like the idea of you carrying guns in the elitist parts of the USA.