Hearing Protection Act UPDATE - Will it Pass?

Published on Feb 22, 2017

This week on The Legal Brief - Adam gives us an update to the Hearing Protection Act!

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LINKS FOR THIS EPISODE:

Hearing Protection Act of 2017 H.R. 367 - https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-c... 

Hearing Protection Act of 2017 S. 59 - https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-c... 

Schoolhouse Rock - How a Bill Becomes a Law
https://youtu.be/FFroMQlKiag

Who is my Senator? - https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Who is my Representative? - http://www.house.gov/representatives/...

Now that you know who you are representatives are, how to contact them, here’s a form letter for you to use:

Dear ________________,
I am writing to urge you to vote to support the Hearing Protection Act of 2017. 

The Hearing Protection Act will allow for firearm owners to purchase devices which will enable them to protect their hearing, mitigate noise to neighboring properties, and enable hunters to safely hunt without traditional hearing protect, all without the current, burdensome process that exists for the purchase of suppressors. 

ATF Deputy Director Ronald Turk recently wrote that “their use to reduce noise at shooting ranges and applications within the sporting and hunting industry are now well recognized. At present, 42 states generally allow silencers to be used for sporting purposes.” He further opined that “the change in public acceptance of silencers arguably indicates that the reason for their inclusion in the NFA is archaic and historical reluctance to removing them from the NFA should be reevaluated.” Perhaps most importantly, Deputy Director Turk stated “Given the lack of criminality associated with silencers, it is reasonable to conclude that they should not be viewed as a threat to public safety necessitating NFA classification, and should be considered for reclassification under the GCA.”

To further the point, numerous countries in Europe require the use of suppressors to mitigate noise pollution. Isn’t it time we allow our citizens to be able to purchase a device which will protect their hearing and assist with noise abatement?

When it comes time to vote on the Hearing Protection Act, please consider the facts and vote yes to a bill that will allow for individuals to enjoy firearms in a safer manner. 

Thank you,
[YOUR NAME]

Want to call as well? And you should! 
Here is a script to use:

Hello, my name is __________, and I’m calling today from _______ to urge Senator/Representative __________ to support the Hearing Protection Act. The federal government currently imposes a burdensome process for individuals to obtain suppressors, which are designed to protect an individual’s hearing and assist with noise abatement.

Other nations, with far more stringent gun laws, require the use of suppressors to mitigate noise caused by firearms. The health benefits of suppressors for an individual’s hearing alone should be enough for the Senator/Representative to support this legislation. 

It is my hope they will consider my position on this bill when it comes time to vote and that they will vote yes.

Thank you,

_____________