- The Washington Times - Monday, January 9, 2017

Two Republican congressmen on Monday announced a measure that would roll back regulations on gun suppressors, saying easier access to such devices would go a long way toward protecting the hearing of hunting and shooting enthusiasts.

The bill from Reps. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina and John Carter of Texas would remove suppressors from the National Firearms Act (NFA) and replace the transfer process with a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.

The congressmen named the legislation the Duncan-Carter Hearing Protection Act.

“This legislation is about safety — plain and simple,” Mr. Duncan said.

“I’m very active in sport shooting and hunting, and I can’t tell you how better off the shooting sports enthusiasts would be if we had easier access to suppressors to help protect our hearing,” Mr. Duncan said.

Mr. Duncan said the hearing damage he’s suffered from gun noise might have been averted if he had access to a suppressor.

“Suppressors do not make guns silent or dangerous, they are simply a form of hearing protection, both for the shooter and their hunting dogs,” Mr. Carter said.

Similar legislation has been introduced in the past, but gun-rights enthusiasts are bullish that such items have a better chance at being enacted with a Republican-controlled White House and Congress.

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