July 9, 2015

Vermont Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair and CSF Staff Honored at Suppressor Celebration

On July 2, the first day firearm suppressors became legal in Vermont in over a century, the American Suppressor Association (ASA) hosted a celebratory suppressor demonstration for over 100 sportsmen and women, including many members of the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, at the Barre Fish and Game Club in Barre, VT.

At the event, Representative Patrick Brennan, Co-Chair of the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, received ASA’s 2015 Legislative Award, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Northeastern States Director Brent Miller, received ASA’s 2015 Advocate Award, for the roles they played in the multi-year, collaborative effort to repeal the long-standing ban on suppressor ownership.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside Representative Brennan, the Vermont Sportsmen’s Caucus, and Brent Miller of CSF for the past several years,” said Knox Williams, President of the American Suppressor Association. “Our accomplishments in Vermont would not have been possible without countless hours of hard work and dedication from each and every one of them. We look forward to the future with excitement as we continue to work with these professionals whom we are fortunate enough to call friends.”

The multi-year effort towards suppressor legalization was spear-headed by Rep. Brennan, who enlisted bipartisan support from the Caucus in both chambers to help move the bill through the legislature. The legalization was a success when Governor Peter Shumlin, Vice-Chair of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus, signed House Bill 5 into law on June 17. Throughout the process, CSF supported the effort, and testified alongside ASA in favor of suppressor legalization before the Vermont House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources in February 2015.

“It has truly been an honor to work alongside the committed experts at the ASA to ensure this modern day hearing protection is available to sportsmen and women in Vermont,” said Miller. “ASA’s enthusiasm for the issue, and unwavering dedication to working with members of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, has resulted in many victories in recent years, and I look forward to continuing this highly successful, collaborative relationship moving forward.”

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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