Ohio: Suppressor Bill Passes House, Goes to Senate

April 4 2014
by GSL Staff
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The following story is from the NRA-ILA and represents one of several bills being considered by multiple states to expand the legality and use of sound suppressors on firearms.

Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 234 by a 76 to 15 vote.  HB 234 will now be sent to the state Senate where it awaits committee assignment and consideration.  Please contact your state Senator in support of this pro-gun legislation.

HB 234, sponsored by state Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-23), would revise state law to allow a person to use a firearm sound suppressor while hunting in the Buckeye State.  Currently, more than half of the states across the country permit hunters to use suppressors while hunting.  There are numerous benefits to hunting with suppressed firearms, including:

– Elimination of noise complaints frequently used as an excuse to close hunting lands throughout the country, resulting in the protection of hunting areas well into the future.

 – Reduction of recoil and muzzle rise resulting in increased accuracy of hunters.  More accurate shooting in the field means fewer wounded and lost animals, a good thing for both hunters and wildlife.

– Reduction in muzzle report to hearing-safe levels, limiting the risk that the hunter or anyone with the hunter will suffer permanent hearing loss if they fail to use hearing protection.

Recently, Arizona, Indiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas adopted new rules allowing for the use of suppressors while hunting.  It’s time that hunters in Ohio are able to enjoy the same opportunities available to sportsmen in more than half of the country.  

Please contact your state Senator TODAY to express your support for HB 234.

For more information on firearms and suppressors, click here.

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