A member of the Republican leadership in the Tennessee House of Representatives, Tilman Goins, has introduced a bill to reform archaic gun law.
Tilman is the Majority Caucus Treasurer, and is a member of the Criminal Justice and Business and Utilities committees. His bill TN HB0011 the “Hearing Protection Act” would simply remove “firearms silencer” from the list of prohibited weapons.
If the bill is passed, it would go into effect on 1 July, 2017.
These types of reforms have been very popular with legislatures over the last several years. Josh Waldron, one of the founders of the American Suppressor Association, says these sort of bills often receive 90% support, once legislators become educated. From Josh Waldron, June, 2016:
If you are an anti-gun guy, if you cannot outright ban the firearm, why not make the firearm safer? That is why we have been able to build a lot of momentum and get a lot done. On the state level we have had 90 percent on both sides of the House and Senate vote yea on our bills. 90 percent. That is a huge bipartisan issue. There are a lot of bills these days that have been passing these days with that 90 percent bi-partisan approval level in both houses.
HB0011 was introduced on 10 January. There are many steps that a bill goes through before it becomes law. Stay tuned.
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