Editor: I was extremely dismayed to learn that Representative Barbara Comstock had signed on to co-sponsor HR 367, the “Hearing Protection Act of 2017.”
This bill has nothing to do with protecting hearing; it’s meant to increase the profits of gun manufacturers by making silencers easier to buy without a background check.
Current law requires anyone interested in buying a silencer to pass a background check (in addition to other safety measures). If silencers are removed from the National Firearms Act, it would allow felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to purchase a silencer from an unlicensed dealer—no questions asked.
Law enforcement organizations around the country have opposed the rollback of silencer safety laws, as it would mean additional danger to the public, as well as law enforcement themselves.
Ear protection products are extremely effective, which is why they are used by our military and hunters alike. Hearing a gunshot in many cases can save lives – we know this sound means danger. I called Representative Comstock’s office to express my concern and I hope you’ll join me.
Amy McPike, Ashburn