Why Sen. Mike Lee wants to make gun silencers easier to buy

Why Sen. Mike Lee wants to make gun silencers easier to buy

Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press A handgun with a silencer and two magazines are shown at a gun range in Atlanta on Jan. 27, 2017. While congressional Democrats look for ways to tighten federal gun laws in the wake of several mass shootings across the country, a group of Republicans, led by Utah Sen. Mike Lee, want to undo regulations on silencers. While President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats look for ways to tighten federal gun laws in the wake of several mass shootings across the country, a group of Republicans, led by Utah Sen. Mike Lee, wants to undo regulations on an accessory known as a silencer. Lee said the steps needed to buy a silencer or suppressor amount to gun control. “The current, oppressive process required to buy silencers only hurts the eardrums of millions of hunters, sportsmen, and marksmen each year, and serves to provide surreptitious gun control,” he said in a statement. Lee said his bill, the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act, would eliminate the “onerous” regulation to make a legal sport safer for millions of Americans. Sens. Ted Cruz, of Texas, and John Cornyn, of Texas, are cosponsoring the legislation and Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., introduced a companion bill in the House. Lee proposed the same legislation in 2017 and 2019. Proponents of the bill and similar measures claim deregulating silencers is a health issue. “Streamlining the burdensome process for obtaining a suppressor is important to protect the hearing of hunters and sportsmen […]

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