National Legal Update: Hearing Protection Act Rolling Into Bigger Bill

The Hearing Protection Act has been attached to the SHARE Act, a sportsman’s omnibus bill with a lot of pro-gun features. Among those features, the SHARE Act (Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act) would do the following:

  1. Moves silencers/suppressors from Title II to Title I status.
  2. Enhances the Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA) language to include travel by means other than vehicles.
  3. Creates remedies against states that violate the safe travel provisions, including a cause of action and attorneys fees.
  4. Eliminates the sporting-purposes language from the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the law on armor-piercing ammunition.
  5. Creates a blanket exception for shotguns to prevent arbitrary reclassification as destructive devices.

“The Hearing Protection Act has been one of the most important bills for sportsmen and women this Congress, which is why it’s common sense for it to be included in this year’s sportsman’s legislative package,” Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) Duncan, the bill’s sponsor, told POLITICO. “By changing the outdated regulation of suppressors to an instant background check, just like the requirements to purchase a typical firearm, I hope the sportsmen and women in the United States will have greater access to noise reduction technology as they carry the hunting and recreational shooting tradition to future generations.”

“If this bill passes,” said Texas & U.S. Law Shield Independent Program Attorney Michele Byington, “it will make suppressors Title I items like firearms—that is, not National Firearms Act devices—which means they will become more common and more widely transported. However, at least 10 states will likely ban suppressors even if this becomes law. About the same number of states have some kind of restriction on ammunition-feeding devices, also known as magazines. FOPA safe travel won’t do us much good if gun owners can still be arrested for magazines and accessories.”

““Attaching the HPA to a bill that should be easier to pass suggests that Congressional Republicans may have become serious about actually passing this,” she said. “Passing this bill would be a big win.” —Texas & U.S. Law Shield Staff

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17 Comments On This Article

  1. abiding by the 2nd amendment federally is a long time coming! just to have the gun rights returned to the people of california will br fantastic.

    • California is a spoiled brat of a statee that will not listen to it and the 9th curcuit will protect them as long as possible

  2. So if the removal of the sporting purposes clause goes through, does that mean no more 922 (r)! That would be fantastic!

  3. The late state of Ca, now tarnished into Cali-tarnished by the demon-ic-rat monarchy will always be a fight for your constitutional rights.

  4. Also should include short barraled rifles ….. example 5.56 w/ AR Platform 7-1/2 or 10″ barrals r legal until one installs a Shoulder mountable Stock .. yet a sig brace is fine.. current law is rediculous

    • Let’s look at the “logic” of the National Firearms Act WRT “short-barreled rifles”:

      An AR-platform rifle equipped with a 10″ barrel and a collapsed sliding stock still exceeds the >26″ OAL requirement of non-NFA rifles.

      That law needs “refinement.”

  5. My dad was in artillery
    Talk about leagly deaf!!!!
    It would be good to have the option when you buy a fire arm to purchase a silencer,noise suppreser. Like an extra mag ?
    I always ask my neighbors permission to target shoot.
    Go out to the back three acres.
    Just want to pursue my passion and not bother anyone 👍

  6. We can all help move this bill along by each of us writing (respectfully) our congressional representatives. Be polite, concise and do not threaten but rather enlist their support to pass this critical legislation. It takes less than ten minutes to write and submit an electronic email. Why not do it now? Our collective emails will make a difference. Thank you.

    • Please consider this legislation to provide hearing protection for those of us who practice safely 2nd Ammendment rights. Suppresses are not used to commit crimes according to research. Please consider this bill favorably. Thank you.

  7. marshall johnston

    Utah Senator Mike Lee and A Senator from Idaho just introduced a new bill that would make Silencers an accessory to a fire arm. Just like lights,lasers,butt stocks etc.

  8. Too bad the Washington political and left/right coasts media bubbles will demonize these provisions as threats to all society. Hope they pass but have little faith as Republicans can’t seem to get anything substantial done.

  9. There are countries with the strictest gun control laws that allow suppressors routinely. I’m deaf as a post from shooting. Years ago, hearing protection wasn’t required and I didn’t know how it would handicap me in my old age. With very few exceptions, there are no differences between Republicans and Commiecrats other than the lack of cajones of most Republicans.

  10. Should not have to have a background check to buy a gun accessory. This bill doesn’t go far enough. Need to add the SHUSH bill instead.