September 11, 2017

Action Alert:
Tell Congress to Oppose NRA Effort to Deregulate Silencers

Update: On October 3, 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced the SHARE Act was no longer on the House schedule. Ryan indicated there are no plans to bring the bill back up for consideration. Additionally, Congressman Peter Defazio, a Democrat from Oregon, has removed himself as a sponsor of the SHARE Act. Thanks to all those who contacted their Representative asking for this dangerous bill to be tabled!

One of the NRA’s top priorities during the 115th Congress is to roll back longstanding laws governing civilian access to firearm silencers. Now the NRA is attempting to sneak an amendment into a sportsmen’s bill–the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act)–to achieve that goal.

In 1934, Congress passed the National Firearms Act (NFA) and established a licensing and registration system for civilians seeking to obtain silencers. In doing so, Congress acknowledged that silencers are dangerous products that make it more difficult for law enforcement to identify active shooters (by masking muzzle flash and making it more difficult to hear gunfire).  This federal regulation has been a tremendous success–silencers have rarely been used in gun crimes over the past 83 years.

Silencers have no “recreational” purpose–there were designed to allow assassins to kill surreptitiously. The risk of unregulated silencers is simply too great, particularly in an America that faces daily mass shootings and other gun-related horrors. More than 900,000+ silencers are currently owned by civilians who have gone through the NFA’s licensing/registration process. If the NRA’s amendment to the SHARE Act was passed, these silencers could be transferred through private sales, which do not require any background check on buyers.

Please sign the following petition by Everytown for Gun Safety to tell your Members of Congress to remove the NRA’s dangerous silencer provision from the SHARE Act:

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