Editor's Notebook: The Case for Firearms Suppressors
Editor's Note: This feature is from the August 14, 2008 issue; we're still waiting on removal of suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act and here's why:
by Rich Grassi
There's recently been considerable discussion about "sporting uses" of firearms suppressors. On the internet, I've found several forum entries - some on political websites - as well as a petition for deregulation of suppressors down to the level of a firearm - transfer on a Form 4473 after a NICS from your friendly neighborhood 01 FFL.
To start with, why worry about the "sporting uses" language at all? Well, unless you are law enforcement, suppressors are of precious little value in a concealed carry defense scenario. They can be unwieldy and not easily stowed.
For home defense there may be an application - but you can slip on active hearing protection and better hear the person hunting you. Active ear pro would serve the same purpose with some benefits. That said, you may not live alone and the thought of firing a centerfire rifle in your home with family members in close proximity may make you pause.
I'm really anxious for the firearms freedom act to be tested on the national level. Once it's tested, I think we'll start seeing nfa manufactures in every state, and thus nullifying these useless and over-reaching federal laws.