Letter: Amy McPike, Ashburn

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

7 thoughts on “Letter: Amy McPike, Ashburn

  • 2017-09-14 at 3:38 pm

    This is truly 100% fake news. There is a 9-12 month paperwork period in order to obtain one of these devices at present. When it is passed, it will still require a background check. In fact, it will be an identical process to buying a handgun. Please actually read into silencers and the proposed laws before spreading lies.

    • 2017-09-15 at 9:03 pm

      Starting off with “fake news” paints one in a certain light and makes your argument hard to support.

  • 2017-09-14 at 7:45 pm

    Barbara signed on as a co-sponsor? Good for her!

    Ms. McPike, please put down the fake talking points you were handed, and educate yourself on this issue. There is no such thing as a “silencer.” They are called suppressors. They function just like the muffler you are required to have on your vehicle. They do not silence the firearm, rather, they suppress the noise signature…. exactly like the muffler you already own does.

    Can you explain the National Firearms Act? Do you know felons and convicted domestic abusers are already prohibited from ever possessing a firearm? What is your definition of “other dangerous people?” What is an “unlicensed dealer?”

    Are you aware the military is moving toward suppressors as a basic issue item, primarily to help reduce hearing loss, and assist in command and control? You knew that, right?

    Every firearm should come with a trigger lock and a suppressor in the box. This is a good thing — significantly reducing noise pollution, and making for good neighbors. You can bet I’ll call Barbara in the morning — to tell about dang time, and good job! I’ll get everyone I know to do the same thing.

    • 2017-09-15 at 9:10 pm

      Using the “fake” descriptor makes your argument weak and politicized. Also, your tone is condescending.

      I believe Ms. Pike’s argument is that certain lobbying organizations stand to gain from the sale of silencers. And those same organizations strive to reduce the restrictions that prohibit domestic abusers and criminals from purchasing firearms and their paraphernalia.

  • 2017-09-14 at 8:36 pm

    Mr. Hokie, the bill states that it would “… treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer.”

    The original bill did require extensive, lengthy, background checks in accordance with the 1934 National Firearms Act, but it has since been removed.

    No lies here.

    • 2017-09-14 at 9:34 pm


      I am a very strong 2nd Amendment supporter and have looked into this process on numerous occasions. At present, the “other safety measures” is the 9-12 month waiting period. The bill is simply looking to move silencers from an NFA item to be treated like any other firearm. This still requires an extensive background check. If one is to write and publish an article, all facts should be true.

  • 2017-09-17 at 12:00 am

    The only two things fake here are this letter juxtaposed with the truth, and your comments LL.

    Everything is “condescending” to a cut and paste artist when they’re actaually challenged on the facts.

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