After 82 years, a bill to remove firearm suppressors from National Firearms Act looks like it will finally be approved with Trump in office. The National Firearms Act was primarily designed to eliminate the private ownership of handguns. The Hearing Protection Act was introduced last October by U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., and currently has 78 bipartisan co-sponsors from 34 states. The bill has not made much progress with a slim Republican majority in the Senate and an almost certain veto from Obama.
With Donald Trump in office and a majority Republican House and Senate, things are looking promising. The bill is likely to return to the next Congress with a new directive. The Hearing Protection Act will pass. It only needs to be presented to Congress and signed by President Trump. Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association, the industry trade group for the devices said, “Imagine for a second that we lived in a world where you had to pay a $200 tax to buy a pair of earplugs. Now, imagine that even after paying that tax you still had to wait 8 months before you could bring your earplugs home with you. As silly as that sounds, it’s the world we live in with suppressors in the NFA.”