Cheaper Than Dirt! Chronicle readers should know about a petition on whitehouse.gov seeking to get suppressors removed from National Firearms Act regulation.
Ownership of suppressors is skyrocketing, despite a major regulatory hurdle — the National Firearms Act of 1934. This legislation regulates the ownership of the suppressors, with perhaps the most noxious aspect being that NFA-regulated accessories must have a $200 tax stamp per device.
The petition reads: Removal of suppressors as an NFA regulated item would eliminate the $200 tax stamp, eliminate legality and travel issues between states, reduce hearing safety concerns related to discharging firearms, and would help people be courteous neighbors when discharging firearms.
The petitioners are aiming for 100,000 signatures by Aug. 5, 2014. At last view, there are 11,371 people who have signed the petition.
However, Cheaper Than Dirt! wants to advise our readers that if you sign this petition, your initials, city, and state may be publicly displayed on the petition page. Also, once you sign a petition, you cannot remove your signature.
Then there’s the whole OPSEC thing. Caveat subscriptor.
To learn more about suppressor use and ownership, contact the American Suppressor Association.