A friend of mine called this morning and while talking about shooting and a new silencer he was looking at, he asked “what is the SHUSH Act” and is it good for gun owners like us? Let’s talk silencer laws today.
I’ve written in the past about the Hearing Protection Act and the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) (see post here), more specifically how they affect ownership of suppressors in America.
This new push for the SHUSH Act calls to question the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 status and whether or not it, and not this new bill, will see the light of day.
The Hearing Protection Act as it’s currently being considered would remove the Tax Stamp fee associated with purchasing a silencer, and even promises to shorten the ‘shelf to hand’ time by eliminating much of the ATF red tape.
However, the HPA would still require a transfer to an FFL holder. See the proposed Hearing Protection Act here. Which is why the new, revised SHUSH Act is a huge improvement.
However, let’s hold off on the celebrations. There’s a good chance that the SHUSH Act was introduced to serve as a sort of stick to the HPA’s carrot. That is, given the choice of the two bills, progressives will fall all over themselves running to vote for the HPA in lieu of the SHUSH Act because, well, a good socialist needs some government control.
At the bottom of this post is a copy of the full SHUSH Act as introduced by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID).
Why The SHUSH Act Is Good
The SHUSH act, which stands for “Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing“, has two goals.
- To reduce hearing loss and damage as a result of firearm noise. Hearing loss treatments for first year sufferers is expected to reach $52 Billion by 2030.
- To place silencers in the same category as most other firearm accessories; out of the purview of federal regulation. Thereby increasing the likelihood that people will use gun suppressors.
Unlike the Hearing Protection Act, which was clearly a step forward for gun owners and supporters of the 2nd Amendment, the SHUSH Act seeks to bypass all of the red tape and bureaucracy by declassifying suppressors from the NFA.
Introduced by U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Congressman Steve King (R-IA), the bill is getting some traction in both the House and Senate; see the progress of both versions here (follow the tabs): 115th Congress S.1505 and 115th Congress H.R.3139).
However, let’s not rush to organize the celebrations because this is a new bill, introduced June 29, 2017, so there’s certainly going to be some heavy debate on this one.
But what isn’t up for debate is how much silencers can help save money and, more importantly, the hearing of millions of Americans.
Even the media has shown (somewhat) a willingness to look at the issue fairly and to keep an open mind. On an article about the Hearing Protection Act and silencers, The Washington Post wrote the following excerpt on June 19, 2017.
“How much is the noise reduced? By up to 30 decibels, depending on the type of gun, ammunition and suppressor. Currently, gun control lobbies are claiming that if “silencers” are available, people will not be able to hear a mass shooting that is going on nearby. To test the claim, let’s consider last week’s attack on Republicans who were practicing baseball in Alexandria.”
“The criminal used a SKS rifle, with 7.62mm ammunition. Without a suppressor, the sound of a shot from such a gun is 165 decibels. This is more than twice as loud as a jet take-off, if you are 25 meters from the jet. With a suppressor, the SKS would be about 140db. That’s equivalent to being on an active aircraft carrier deck.”
Compare that to the bonehead tweet by loony leftist Kirsten Gillibrand, who I’m willing to bet NEVER in her nutty life shot or stood next to a firearm being shot with a silencer, yet in true liberal fashion she chimes in as an expert. If you want some cheap entertainment read the comments on her tweet! LOL
People dismiss the comparative loudness of a firearm because it isn’t perceived as loud as, say, that jet taking off. However, because the firearm explosion lasts just a split second, it’s damaging potential is misleading.
The SHUSH Act Can Save Millions From Hearing Loss
For an idea of just how important this silencer bill is, and how significant the cost is related to hearing loss, have a look at this.
There are a lot of environmental noises, many self-induced, which contribute to hearing loss. We can’t prevent all risks. We all get it. However, making firearm silencers available for anyone and without restriction is just common sense, much like the way we have mufflers on our cars, lawn mowers, etc…
In fact, the same guy who invented the car muffler also invented the firearm silencer; see my article titled “Suppressor Laws | And Do Silencers Work” for more on that.
So when we’re talking about hearing loss we should realize that three things directly impact the potential for damaging a shooter’s ears. They are:
- The Sound Level (how many decibels),
- The Time (or length) of exposure to the noise, and finally,
- The Distance to the source of the noise. This is illustrated in the Venn diagram below.
Like I said, it’s not just firearms which can damage our hearing, but guns produce a significantly higher level of sound and because of that it makes sense to muffle it as much as possible.
Let’s look at comparative sound levels so we have a point of reference. In Table 1 below, from KeepAndBearArms.com, the effective sound level of a gunshot blast is equal to that of a jet plane. Put that in to perspective.
The ASHA writes that:
“Exposure to noise greater than 140 dB can permanently damage hearing. Almost all firearms create noise that is over the 140-dB level. A small .22-caliber rifle can produce noise around 140 dB, while big-bore rifles and pistols can produce sound over 175 dB. “
The louder the sound, the more damage it can cause to your hearing, and the quicker this damage will occur.
How Does Hearing Loss Occur – And Why Do We Need Gun Silencers
It’s not necessarily important to the topic, but having a more clear understanding of how hearing loss occurs may be helpful for some people to understand what we’re talking about when it comes to the need for silencers.
Gun Silencer Laws – Why The SHUSH Act Is Important
Think about the information we’ve presented here and then consider the very damage that is being done to people’s hearing, even if they’re wearing ear protection.
Besides, from a safety perspective don’t you want a group of armed people to be able to hear one another?
Then there’s the little talked about aspect of this debate, wildlife.
Have you stopped to consider what effect it has on surrounding wildlife every time someone in their vicinity fires a gun? For areas with heavy hunting or in the area of a firing range, it must be horrific for the animals.
Finally, more and more sensible people who are also gun enthusiasts are turning to silencers because they know how important gun suppressors are to protecting their hearing. And they know how important the SHUSH Act is to them personally.
Finally, I urge you to help the NRA and NAGR (National Association of Gun Rights) fight for our rights. Join the NRA today, right here, and see just how much you really get with your membership. You can also sign an NAGR petition supporting the SHUSH Act here.
If you haven’t yet made a choice on your next silencer, or want to learn more about the process to get one right now under the current laws, then take a quick look at SilncerCo’s website and their free “SupressedED” information packet.
Until the SHUSH Act becomes law we need to keep putting suppressors on all of our firearms. Are your guns sporting suppressors, are you considering it? I’d also like to know your thoughts about the SHUSH Act and silencer laws.
The Nighthawk TRS Comp Pistol
The new TRS Comp pistol from Nighthawk Custom is a full-sized, government frame 9mm double stack built around a match grade barrel and a monolithic slide. It’s built to compete and starts at $4,599.
The TRS Comp comes standard with a recon rail under the barrel and a dimpled rear cocking design that offers ample traction when racking the slide. It also sports unique dimpled frame and slide textures that match the grip pattern.
The TRS Comp is Nighthawk Custom’s first full-size pistol designed around a double stack frame. It features a 17+1 capacity and incorporates Nighthawk’s Fire Hawk compensator, which boasts a precision-designed port that reduces muzzle flip for quicker follow up shots.
This model also features a unique dimpling texture found throughout the slide and grip, which provides ample grip while being snag-free during holstering. The TRS Comp uses a 14K gold bead front sight that does an excellent job catching light, coupled with a Heinie Ledge Black rear sight for quick target acquisition.
The pistol also features Nighthawk Customs’ Interchangeable Optic System (IOS), which is a dedicated dovetail machined onto the slide and allows for optic mounting with adapters. This system allows for an interchangeable series of sight options to quickly switch rear sights in a matter of seconds.
Interchangeable Optic System
Nighthawk Custom’s Interchangeable Optic System allows a user to switch from a plate with a traditional rear sight to a red-dot optic in seconds. This feature is especially beneficial for concealed-carry practitioners who want to train with a red-dot but still carry a traditional rear sight.
Nighthawk’s unique IOS system involves milling the top rear section of their slide to interface with an interchangeable series of sight options, including a Trijicon RMR and other red-dot sights. This low-profile system also incorporates a suppressor-height rear sight as a backup to the optic’s front sight.
The TRS Comp features a match grade 5.00′′ barrel on a government sized frame with a monolithic slide, a full-length dust cover and an integrated single-port compensator. This combination reduces muzzle flip and delivers faster follow-up shots on the range, a must-have for competitive shooters.
The TRS Comp is finished in black nitride for a sleek, durable look. The lightweight aluminum trigger possesses a serrated flat face and a gold bead front sight does an excellent job catching light, providing quick target acquisition. A Heinie Ledge Black rear sight completes the package.
Match Grade Barrel
One of the most important features of any match pistol is a properly fitted barrel. A true match grade barrel will have zero play in the muzzle or at the hood, and it should glide into battery smoothly without any drag or snag on the slide.
This is achieved by carefully fitting the barrel to all of the chamber hood contact surfaces and the lower locking lug. Once this is done it will have a true target fit and shoot groups that rival a 1911 handgun.
The TRS Comp is the first Nighthawk Custom model to be designed around a double stack frame, offering 17+1 capacity and using their integrated compensator, the fire hawk. The compensator has a precision port that reduces muzzle flip and helps shooters stay on target for follow up shots.
Unique Dimpled Texture
The TRS Comp is the newest addition to Nighthawk’s line up. It is a high-end double stack 1911 that packs a 17+1 punch, as well as a lot of style and class. It also happens to be the most accurate and durable gun in its caliber. It also comes in a variety of colors and finishes, from matte black to high-shine chromium. Its crown jewel is the aforementioned patented integrated compensator, which may be the best thing to happen to your sidearm in years. It is a real head turner, especially for those who don’t usually opt for the sexy gun. The aforementioned gizmo is accompanied by a precision designed port in the rear of the slide that reduces muzzle flip without sacrificing a hefty amount of power. The aforementioned gizmo features a matching name badge aft of the slide, as well as a match-grade 5″ barrel and a full-length dust cover with accompanying nifty-fun accessory rail.
AGP Arms PC Charger Brace
The PC Charger is a pistol chambered in 9mm, and it can take Glock magazines. It is very popular and has become more of a sought-after gun than the original carbine.
Many owners of the PC Charger equip it with a brace to give it stability. This makes it a lot more shootable.
Ruger PC Charger
Ruger’s PC Charger is a pistol-caliber carbine (PCC) that combines the fun and utility of an AR style pistol with the reliability and accuracy of a high capacity AR. Designed to take both Ruger Security 9 and Glock magazines, the PC Charger is a highly customizable weapon that makes a great range gun or home defense tool.
Adding a brace to the PC Charger increases its stability and makes it more shootable. The brace can be attached to the MIL STD 1913 rail on the back of the pistol.
The SB Tactical FS1913 Brace is one of the best PC Charger braces available today. It is made of a polymer material that offers quick deployment and a lightweight profile.
This brace is perfect for a shooter who is new to pistol braces, and is looking for a compact and inexpensive option. It is also a good choice for people who are already familiar with the design and use of a buffer tube.
The AGP Arms brace kit for the Ruger PC Charger is the best way to upgrade the standard stock and barrel. The brace is the logical extension of AGP’s acclaimed pistol grip Gen 2 stock and handguard, allowing users to customize their pc charger to their own specifications. The brace is the brainchild of a dedicated team of military and law enforcement personnel, many of whom have been in the trenches for longer than most of us will ever know. Featuring a modern twist on a classic design, the brace is an understated delight. Its most prominent feature is a cleverly engineered gearbox that enables the user to rotate the entire gun by hand, and then lock it into place using a single pin. The aforementioned pin is mounted in the rear of the gun, where it is tucked under a protective cover for safekeeping. In keeping with the aforementioned design, the brace is also anodized black for a look you can be proud of.
SB Tactical is the inventor of pistol stabilizing braces. They were started in 2012 by Army veteran Alex Bosco after he designed a brace for his disabled friend so he could continue to shoot.
SB Tactical was the first to introduce adjustable pistol stabilizing braces. This was a big win for the industry and gun owners alike.
After getting pre approval from the ATF, they began selling pistol braces for AR/AK style firearms, CZ Scorpions, H&K MP5 designs, 1913 rails, and more.
The SBA3 is one of the best pistol braces on the market and offers 5-position adjustable adjustment, ambidextrous QD sling attachment points, and a Velcro strap to connect to your arm for one-handed shooting.
The SBA4 is another great choice and offers a sturdy M4-style strut, 5-position adjustable, and an integral QD sling socket. This is an excellent option for a Ruger PC Charger gun with a Glock drum, but it also works well on any pistol without a buffer tube.
Midwest Industries is a family owned and operated company that manufactures quality parts, uppers, lowers, rails, barrels, furniture and muzzle devices for AR platforms and many other firearms. They also have a number of innovative products and services that make them a great choice for those looking to upgrade their firearms.
Probably the most useful item that they manufacture is their Combat Rail Handguard in hard coat anodized 6061 aluminum. It features eight functional M-LOK slots and two anti-rotation sling swivels. Its hefty price tag might be a turn off, but its high performance and robust construction is well worth the outlay.
What you might not have known is that they also make the pc charger brace aka the FS1913. Basically the same as the name aforementioned but a lot more durable and the brace actually folds to a compact size for easy transport. They even include a nice looking sling with an integrated bottle opener to boot.
Mini Mamba – A YouTube Star With a Net Worth of $1-5 Million
Mini Mamba is a famous YouTube Star who has earned a fortune as a professional. He has a net worth of $1-5 Million at the age of 11 years old.
Mambas are venomous snakes of the family Elapidae, which also includes coral snakes and cobras. They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Black mambas are venomous snakes that are found in Africa. They can grow to up to 14 feet in length and are one of the longest venomous snakes in the world.
They are very fast and aggressive, and their venom is particularly deadly for humans. It takes only about 20 minutes for a bite from a black mamba to kill a person.
They live in grassland, savanna and rocky slopes of southern and eastern Africa. They are primarily diurnal and prey on small rodents. They have excellent vision and a highly developed sense of smell.
Green mambas are found in coastal areas of eastern Africa including Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa. These snakes are venomous, which makes them extremely dangerous to humans.
They are a diurnal species, which means they are active during the day. They also spend a great deal of time in the trees and rainforests of western Africa, where they live amongst the forest canopy and thickets.
This snake preys on birds, lizards and small mammals. Its venom isn’t as powerful as the venom of the black mamba or the red mamba, but it can still kill.
Green mambas breed during the rainy season. Females lay eggs, which hatch in about 10-12 weeks. Males seek out and compete for females by following a scent trail or by wrestling or dancing. These combats aren’t biting, but rather a way for the two snakes to establish dominance over each other.
The red mamba is a species of snake that lives in Africa. It is related to the black mamba and can be found in various countries throughout the continent.
It is a medium-sized snake that can grow to be 2 m long. They are mainly found in tree hollows and termite mounds.
They are very venomous and kill their prey quickly. Their venom is highly toxic and can affect the breathing, heart and muscle function of the victim.
They can also paralyze their prey, which they then swallow. They feed primarily on birds and small mammals.
The mamba is an African snake. There are four species: black mamba, green mamba, red mamba and yellow mamba.
The Eastern green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps), formerly known as the white-mouthed mamba, is a venomous snake that lives in coastal regions of East Africa. It is found from Kenya south through Tanzania, Malawi, and eastern Zambia.
The eastern green mamba is a shy snake that avoids humans when possible and only strikes if provoked or cornered. Its habitat is fragmented in parts of its range and it is listed as Vulnerable by South Africa due to habitat destruction and deforestation.
Mambas are notorious for their speed and aggression, and they come in a wide variety of species. They are a common sight in Africa’s rainforests, and all have deadly venom.
Of the four types of mambas, the most venomous and dangerous is the black mamba. Known for its lightning-fast speed, erratic behavior, and painful bite, it can strike multiple times in a matter of seconds.
Its venom is highly neurotoxic and cardiotoxic, with fasciculins present to paralyze the muscles of a bite victim. The venom can kill a victim within hours of a bite.
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