Hearing Protection Act; Don’t Hold Your Breath

PEOPLE! You need to keep buying suppressors. DO NOT wait for the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) to become law! While we here at VSO will be vehemently supporting this bill when it is introduced to the next Congress, there are important issues of which you need to be aware.

First off, I am going to link to a video by my friend, Adam Kraut, of The Legal Brief, of The Gun Collective. This video explains the procedural hurdles that lay ahead of the bill in Congress:

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To echo Adam’s points, this is the best shot we have had in a while to start dismantling the NFA. It is YOURresponsibility to put your congressional leaders on blast.
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Moving on. You have nothing to lose… except the initiative. The bill includes provisions to refund tax paid after the introduction of the bill. In doing so, you are out nothing and you have already started your clock. Should the HPA pass during the interim, your suppressor will only become available faster than the antiquated system allows. However, what we cannot discount is the power of commerce in driving public policy. Many silencer companies are on the board of the American Suppressor Association (ASA) (you know the people who wrote the bill) and will likely be called upon to testify in support of this bill. One of their key arguments for loosing the restrictions on these items is the huge demand for them. We sent a huge neon-sign of a message when the Obama administration enacted 41F. The Bureau still has not recovered from the massive paper dump that the American people sent their way. By holding off on purchasing these items YOU are artificially skewing the data that will be presented to congress about the demand for such devices; even in the face of such draconian regulations. So, in other words, you are hurting the chances for this bill by not buying.
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The last point I would like to make before wrapping up is a lesson from recent history. Right before 41F there was a buying spree. Anyone who had considered going through the motions did…all at once. The first wave got the nice cans (me). After that, it was slim pick’ns and many got locked out because silencers simply did not exist. Think of this-How much more demand for these things will there be if/when the HPA becomes law? To put it in real-world terms, I bought an Rugged Obsidian .45 from Silencer Shop 3 months before 41F. They just received their first shipment of those cans (the best .45 can on the market mind you) this week. It is November, 16th, 2016 at the time of this post. You are telling me that the company responsible for +50% of all Form 4’s in 2016 just got resupplied, 6 months later?
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PEOPLE, if this bill passes we are talking solid Unobtainium for the foreseeable future. Everyone keeps saying “Yeah they will be cheaper after HPA passes”. I say maybe 5 years after HPA you will see some prices drop. It is simple supply and demand. Some companies only produce 300 cans a YEAR at maximum capacity. The suppressor market is just simply unprepared to meet such demand and, at this point, has not reason to build inventory for such an event. THAT is how you go bankrupt.
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I do not sell suppressors. I do not make cans. The only benefit I get by lecturing you on this topic is the opportunity to influence this situation and hopefully push it over the top. Long and short., go buy a silencer, NOW. If HPA becomes the law of the land, awesome. If it goes bad for us in the Senate, then you are already moving and lost no time.
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One last thing, You can look up your Senators by Clicking HERE Tell them to support the HPA or they are done next election.

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