Petition Shoots to Remove Suppressors from NFA Regulation

Petition Shoots to Remove Suppressors from NFA Regulation
A petition aims to help remove suppressors from NFA regulation.
A petition aims to help remove suppressors from NFA regulation.
A petition aims to help remove suppressors from NFA regulation.

As would be expected with suppressors, their popularity has silently crept up in the shooting world.

Presently, the gun accessory is legal to own in all but a handful of states. And, much to the joy of hog hunters, the noise-reducing device has been OK’d in many area’s for taking game.

Even with the growing acceptance of suppressors, there remains one major hurdle in the device becoming more commonplace – the National Firearms Act. The 1934 legislation regulates the ownership of the suppressors; in turn there are plenty of hoops to jump through to obtain one.

Perhaps, the most onerous aspect of being a NFA regulated accessory is the $200 tax stamp that must be paid to purchase a suppressor. This effectively more than doubles the price of most suppressors.

However, there is an effort afoot to have the legislation changed to make it easier to purchase a suppressor. Recently a petition went up on in an effort to get suppressors removed from NFA regulation.

The text of the petition reads:

Removal of suppressors as an NFA regulated item would eliminate the $200 tax stamp, eliminate legality and travel issues between states, reduce hearing safety concerns related to discharging firearms, and would help people be courteous neighbors when discharging firearms.

Even though the petition won’t immediately affect change, it has the potential of getting more shooters interested in the issue. Texas-based retailer, the Silencer Shop, is among the petition’s supporters and has promoted the effort on their social media platforms.

The petitioners are aiming for 100,000 signatures by Aug. 5, 2014. Presently, 75 people have signed. For more information on suppressors, their use and legislation regarding them, please check out the American Suppressor Association.


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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


  1. If you’re signing this petition (and of course you should), please consider also signing this petition ordering the Secretaries of VA, DoD and HHS to submit a plan within 10 days to clear the backlog within 90 days using any and all military, Federal and civilian resources as may be necessary, and establish a baseline that can be used to determine what resources are needed to meet the country’s commitment to the veterans who fought (and are fighting) to keep you in guns, etc.


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