While the Hearing Protection Act seems to have stalled on its own, hopes for greater access to suppressors now rests with the SHARE Act, introduced earlier this month, which now included nearly all of the HPA.
According to this story from guns.com, the Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act is a bipartisan measure that blends popular initiatives to safeguard and expand hunting and fishing rights and prectices across public land, with one initiative that borroows language from the HPA and would drop suppressors from National Firearms Act regulations.
The story says U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), the bill’s sponsor, has been working with Democrats in the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to garner support from across the aisle.
“It concerns me enough that we’ve talked to them about it,” Duncan said in the story. “At the end of the day, I hop they will embrace it.”
“Going beyond the Hearing Protection Act, which would remove silencers and suppressors from NFA requirements that include a $200 tax stamp, the SHARE Act would mandate the more than 1.3 million already registered be deleted from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ records within 365 days of the bill becoming law. Further, while states would not be required to allow their sale or possession, they would be barred from establishing their own potentially prohibitive taxes or registration requirements on legal devices.
“In the end, suppressors would be treated as firearms – which would allow them to be transferred through any regular federal firearms license holders to anyone not prohibited from possessing them after the buyer passes an FBI instant background check.”
The SHARE Act also includes a provision to refund the $200 transfer tax to applicants who have bought a suppressor after October 22, 2015. Makers of the devices would be liable for a 10 percent Pittman-Robertson excise tax, as they are currently on all modern firearms.
The bill would open the 11.7 million acres of land controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to concealed carry and protect travelers crossing state lines with firearms. The ATF’s ability to reclassify ammo, as it attempted to do recently with a popular military surplus 5.56 round by saying it was armor piercing, would be diminished as well as it’s ability to classify firearms as “destructive devices.”
The bill has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans which is chaired by Colorado Republican Doug Lamborn, an initial co-sponsor of the Hearing Protection Act in January, the story says.