Did Gun ‘Silencer’ Make A Difference In Virginia Beach Carnage?

Did Gun ‘Silencer’ Make A Difference In Virginia Beach Carnage?

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Unable to play video. HTML5 is not supported! Content loading… The shooter who killed 12 people in a government office building in Virginia Beach used a firearm equipped with a suppressor that muffles the sound of gunfire. It’s the nightmare scenario that gun-control advocates have warned about amid efforts in recent years to ease restrictions on the devices, which they say can help shooters escape detection and inflict more carnage. But gun-rights advocates and most law enforcement experts say DeWayne Craddock’s use of a suppressor likely had no bearing on his ability to kill so many people in so little time Friday. Virginia is among 42 states that allow residents to purchase and possess suppressors, though some cities and towns — including Virginia Beach — prohibit them. Known colloquially as a “silencer,” a suppressor was attached to the .45-caliber handgun that police say Craddock used to kill a dozen people on three floors of the city building where he worked before police closed in and, after a protracted gunbattle, fatally shot him. That could at least partially explain why survivors of the attack said they were caught off guard and initially puzzled by what was happening. One described hearing something that sounded like a nail gun. “This is the concern we were talking about when Republicans were trying to deregulate silencers as ‘ear protection,’” said David Chipman, a retired agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and now the senior policy adviser with Giffords, a […]

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