Lawmakers push back action on measure to loosen restrictions on silencers

1 year 2 months 3 days ago Sunday, October 08 2017 Oct 8, 2017 Sunday, October 08, 2017 8:22:00 PM CDT October 08, 2017 in Top Stories
By: Justin Kollar, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - In wake of the latest deadly shooting, lawmakers have postponed the Sportsmens Heritage and Recreational Enhancement act, or SHARE once again.

The act, which was originally pushed back after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot during practice for the Congressional baseball game back in June.

SHARE would among things loosen regulations regarding the sale of gun suppressors, making them easier for civilians to get.

Silencers do help to reduce the initial sound released by gunfire, however they do not eliminate it entirely.

Moments after shots rang out in Las Vegas last Sunday, Hillary Clinton and other politicians began criticizing the act, stating that a silencer would surely have increased the casualties.

Jared Reichel, a retired veteran who served in the Iraq war believes the regulations surrounding these attachments should not be removed.

"In my mind, there's no real reason why a civilian would need a silencer," Reichel said. "Not to hunt or even for recreational use. It's just opening up a can of worms that I think we should stay away from."

 

Megan O'day, manager of a local gun shop, "Black Rifle" said that under the current laws. It's simply too hard for good people to purchase silencers, let alone criminals.

"Most often, we're selling these to gun enthusiasts and professionals," O'day said. "For those that think, that some criminal is going to run around with a suppressor, I personally, personally don't think that a criminal is going to spend the money on a good quality handgun that has a threaded barrel and then go through spending another 800 dollars for a suppressor."

The state of Missouri is one of forty two states that allow for the private use of silencers.

O'day said that current fees and large amounts of paperwork deter even would be customers away. SHARE, in her opinion would help speed it up.

"Silencers aren't just for sneaking around," O'day said. "Farmers use them for vermin control and they do drastically reduce hearing loss for avid sportsman."

The risks loom too large for Reichel and others that see silencers causing more harm than good in the hands of the public.

"People who are trained and vetted by the government, that's one thing," Reichel said. "But people who get them for the wrong reasons, and making them easier to get, for me is just asking for it."

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