Plans are in the works to outlaw silencers nationwide

David Madden
June 22, 2019 - 4:00 am
U.S Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

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TRENTON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — Silencers on guns are illegal in New Jersey, a state with one of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation. Now there’s a move to take that ban nationwide.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez used Trenton’s City Hall as the backdrop for announcing introduction of the HEAR Act, short for Help Empower Americans to Respond.

The idea? If you can hear the gun going off, you can get out of the way of the bullet. And if the military doesn’t use silencers in combat save for special ops missions, then citizens don’t need them either.

“Silencers undermine public safety,” Menendez said. “They undermine the ability of law enforcement to do their jobs and they undermine the ability of Americans in the midst of mass shootings to survive.”

They are also becoming more popular across America.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman is sponsoring the House version of the measure.

“The sound of gunshots is what tells you that something is wrong. It’s not a nail gun. It’s not fireworks. It’s not just another drill,” Menendez added. “The sound of gunshots is what tells you that your life is in danger and that it’s time to run, to hide, to take cover, to call the police and help others save themselves.”

The bill would fund a buyback program with the goal to get them off the streets within 3 months.

While the measure could gain approval in the House, its future in the Senate is dim thanks to the continued influence of the National Rifle Association.