House pushes back bill on gun silencers after Vegas shooting
In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, the House of Representatives has pushed back a vote on a bill that would make it easier for the public to obtain silencers.
The Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, also known as the SHARE Act, would ease rules on gun silencers.
In Tennessee, silencers used to be on a ban list, but that has since been lifted.
Tennessee Senator Jon Lundberg (R) said there was no need for the ban in the first place.
"Silencers can actually help everything from hearing protection, to making it more enjoyable for a few folks," said Lundberg. "I don't think it's fair to mask it and say everyone who buys a silencer is going to be some deranged killer."
Earlier this week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) wrote a letter to the state's delegation asking every member to vote against the bill because it would put lives at risk.
He wrote quote: "The SHARE Act would encourage the use of devices that suppress the sound of gunfire, making it much more difficult to identify, find, and stop shooters like the man who killed more than 50 people in las vegas."
Senator Lundberg thinks that's speculation.
"Unfortunately taking the horrible, horrific incident, and trying to make something else out of it. I think that's sad," said Lundberg.
Don Reimer is the general manager at Shooter's Edge in Johnson City.
He said using a silencer won't actually make the gun shot quieter.
"It's surprising, because it's not like anything that you've seen or heard on television. It's great for movies. But that's not how it is in real life," explained Reimer. "For example, if you were to bring a silencer or a suppressor in here and shoot it, you still have the bullet impacting metal or whatever it's going to impact and it's very, very loud. It's just as loud as if you did use the suppressor."
But for recreational hunters who are shooting in the woods, Reimer said suppressors can help protect your ears.
"It does help with the noise... but in reality if you are shooting against a target that is metal, it's just going to make as loud of a noise," said Reimer.
After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, reports suggested the House could vote on this bill soon.
But this week House Speaker Paul Ryan said there are no scheduled plans to vote on the legislation at this time.