Hearing loss begins at 85 decibels (dB). A roaring football stadium is around 100 dB, a jackhammer is about 130 dB, a suppressed firearm around 130 dB and an unsuppressed hunting rifle around 155 dB to 160 dB. I’m not aware of anyone who would consider a jackhammer to be silent. To suggest otherwise is nothing more than political posturing.

Suppressors are useful tools for protecting the hearing of recreational shooters, hunters and their dogs, who often can’t use traditional hearing protection due to the nature of their activity. If my legislation were to become law, suppressors would actually be more regulated than they currently are in Europe. We need to stick to the facts.