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Bill To Decriminalize Firearm Suppressors in Texas Passes Out of Committee

The Tenth Amendment Center reports that last week a Texas House committee passed a bill that decriminalizes firearm sound suppressors under state law.

State Representative Tom Oliverson introduced House Bill 2286 on February 25, 2019.

Mike Maharrey details what this bill would do:

Under the proposed law, state agencies could not adopt any rule, order, ordinance, or policy to enforce a federal statute, order, rule, or regulation that purports to regulate a firearm suppressor that does not exist under the laws the state. It would also repeal a provision of state law making it an offense to possess, manufacture, transport, repair or sell a firearm suppressor unless it is registered by the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

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On April 10, the House State Affairs Committee passed HB 2286 unanimously by a 11-0 vote.

If passed, HB 2286 would discontinue all state regulation of firearm suppressors.

Contrary to media portrayals, suppressors only muffle the sound guns make. They do not make guns go silent.

The National Firearms Act was the first comprehensive piece of legislation that regulated these so-called “silencers”.


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