June 16, 2016

Vermont: Suppressor Ownership Sunset Provision Repealed

On May 28, House Bill 570 was signed into law by Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Vice Chairman, Governor Peter Shumlin. HB 570 repealed a sunset provision which would have ended suppressor ownership in the Green Mountain State. The bill was sponsored by Vermont Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Member, Representative David Deen and championed by several members of the bipartisan bicameral Caucus.

In 2015, Vermont became the 40th state to allow the ownership and use of firearm suppressors. Firearm suppressors are the modern day sportsmen’s hearing protection, reducing the sound signature of a gunshot while reducing recoil and improving accuracy. By decreasing the decibel levels of a gunshot, firearm suppressors reduce noise complaints and protect the hearing of recreational shooters.

HB 570 will allow the sportsmen and women in Vermont to continue to protect their hearing using firearm suppressor technology.

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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