washington, d.c. – the american suppressor association (asa) is pleased to announce the reintroduction of the hearing protection act (hpa) by rep. Jeff duncan (sc-03) and rep. John carter (tx-31). This historic piece of legislation, which was originally introduced by rep. Matt salmon (az-05) in the 114th congress, will remove suppressors from the purview of the national firearms act (nfa), replacing the antiquated federal transfer process with an instantaneous nics background check. The hpa also includes a provision to refund the $200 transfer tax to applicants who purchase a suppressor after october 22, 2015, which was the original date of introduction.
The duncan-carter hearing protection act will fix the flawed federal treatment of suppressors, making it easier for hunters and sportsmen to protect their hearing in the 42 states where private suppressor ownership is currently legal, and the 40 states where hunting with a suppressor is legal. This legislation will remove suppressors from the onerous requirements of the nfa, and instead require purchasers to pass an instant nics check, the same background check that is used during the sale of long guns. In doing so, law-abiding citizens will remain free to purchase suppressors, while prohibited persons will continue to be barred from purchasing or possessing these accessories.