Hillary Clinton calls for people to stand up to the NRA, particularly against silencers, after 58 people died with over 400 wounded in the Las Vegas shootings on Monday morning.
Clinton wrote on Twitter that “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots…Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”
The former Democratic presidential nominee wrote: ” Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again .”
In the gun community, silencers are appropriately called suppressors. The National Rifle Association states that suppressors barely make a difference in reducing the sound of gunfire to only a few decibels which equates to the loudness of a jackhammer.
Clinton’s statement is referring to a bill in Congress that looks to change the reclassification the suppressor from a title 3 to a title 2 firearm under the Hearing Protection Act, would remove restrictions on the use of suppressors and treat them as regular firearms. However, suppressors are not firearms.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), title 3 firearms are required to be registered with ATF along with a $200 tax paid before the firearm can be transferred to a buyer. Changing the classification to title 2 means that no longer will the item have to be registered or the application of a $200 tax. Only a firearms transfer form, form 4473, would only need to be filled out and kept on file with the dealer just as if one was purchasing a shotgun.
According to James Camp, of Georgia Carry, Georgia gun laws allow for the possession of a suppressor as long as the possession is in accordance with the dictates of the National Firearms Act.
“It’s always been Georgia Carry’s position that silencers are like any other firearm accessory and they are beneficial to protecting and also useful to getting new shooters comfortable around a firearm who would otherwise be timid from the sound of a muzzle blast,” said Camp.
Camp was asked if Clinton’s Twitter comments were warranted about “silencers” used in a shooting incident seen in Las Vegas.
“No. A ‘silencer’ has nothing to do with that mess in Las Vegas and a ‘silencer’ on a high-powered rifle like was being used in Las Vegas would not have completely diminished the report of the gunshots. High powered rifles still produce a loud pop and plus the crack of the bullet is still heard because the bullet is breaking the sound barrier,” said Camp.