De-regulate firearm mufflers
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Firearms are quite loud; so loud that it is a serious health concern for those who use them and those who are around when they are used. Obviously it would be of great benefit to those people if there were a way to reduce this noise level to levels that are less immediately dangerous, and there is: firearms mufflers, also known as suppressors or silencers. Furthermore, homes and businesses that are located near ranges currently must endure quite a bit of noise that comes from the legal use of firearms nearby; mufflers would reduce this noise.
Much information can be found about how mufflers work, as well as their effectiveness all over the internet; a good starting point would be to read the Wikipedia page about suppressors.
Unfortunately firearms mufflers are heavily regulated; since they are considered regulated firearms, in and of themselves, by the National Firearms Act (NFA), they require pre-approval, by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE, also known as the ATF), along with a $200 tax, to purchase.
If firearms mufflers were regulated more like general firearms parts, for example a barrel, buttstock, or flash suppressor, then they would be used by many more people who own and use firearms legally every day. This increased demand for them would also make them less expensive, thereby increasing their utilization.
Furthermore both sides of the aisle should be able to come to agreement on this issue; indeed most countries in the world do not regulate firearms mufflers as if they were firearms, even countries that, otherwise, are very restrictive on firearms.
Using a firearms muffler is just as healthy, polite, and good for the environment as the muffler on an automobile; shouldn't it be just as legal as well?
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