This will be our epitaph if the US fails as a country;
“We wanted to stop doing stupid things… …but we were addicted to money and power.”
Our list of our stupid government actions is endless, but the regulation of firearms mufflers has to be near the top of the list. I didn’t believe it until I heard it with my own ears. We should be shouting for muffler deregulation.
I’ve worked around equipment that was so loud it would quickly damage your hearing. You’re required to wear hearing protection when you’re near it, and you’ll be removed from the job site if you don’t. If you fly, then you’ve seen the ramp crews wearing hearing protection as they service the planes. Many guns are louder than those jet engines. Gun owners have to take hearing protection seriously.
We did the opposite in the case of firearms. We imposed high taxes and long delays on the very equipment that makes firearms safer to be around. That would be considered criminal negligence if anyone other than the government were regulating firearms mufflers. It doesn’t make sense, but that is the way government works… so far.
I never thought of them as mufflers, but that’s genius. Funny how we gun owners would love to muffle the ear-shattering crack of a firearm to better protect our hearing, but many car and truck enthusiasts want to “unmuffle” their exhausts and make them louder.
Absolutely not. Do not attempt this. I’m not trying to scare anyone, but as of 2-19-19 with out the proper paperwork, FFL, SOT, and XYZ it is a federal felony to make any instrument, or a part of an instrument that reduces the report of a firearm.
I agree completely. I made the mistake once of shooting without ear pro a .30-06 inside a wood-framed blind while hog hunting. Took awhile for the ringing in my left ear to subside. I understand hearing damage is permanent, too. But I don’t understand the reluctance to help protect people’s hearing with a suppressor without having to go through the tax stamp fee, paper work and wait time.