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Wyoming Rep Immediately Re-introduces Bill to Allow Suppressor Use

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:41 PM
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Re: Wyoming Rep Immediately Re-introduces Bill to Allow Suppressor Use

You know this is just going to cost me more money if it passes...

Congrats on your progress. Maybe my annual antelope hunt to WY will be a little quieter next year.

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Old 01-28-2013, 05:52 PM
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Re: Wyoming Rep Immediately Re-introduces Bill to Allow Suppressor Use

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You know this is just going to cost me more money if it passes...

Congrats on your progress. Maybe my annual antelope hunt to WY will be a little quieter next year.

Jeff


Well, "they" always say: You can't take it with you

With some help from gentlemen such as yourself, we may just get it done.


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Re: Wyoming Rep Immediately Re-introduces Bill to Allow Suppressor Use

wow, didn't realize they came for large calibers...

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Re: Wyoming Rep Immediately Re-introduces Bill to Allow Suppressor Use

PLEASE tell me you have a video of that in action!!!


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Old 01-30-2013, 10:57 AM
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Re: Wyoming Rep Immediately Re-introduces Bill to Allow Suppressor Use

Ok gents, SF 132 has some proposed amendments forthcoming:

... the state Senate recently passed Senate File 132which would remove Wyoming’s prohibition of hunting with a sound suppressor. This bill will now be considered by the state House of Representatives, and has been assigned to the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee. A number of hostile amendments that would defeat the purpose of the bill are under consideration at this time. In particular, the amendment being offered by the state game wardens would uphold the current ban on hunting with a suppressor except when hunting small game only. Pleasecontact your state Representative and members of the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee and urge them to support SF 132 AS IS, and to accept no further amendments.


Take this time to let the committee know the amendments are not in the best interest of Wyoming sportsmen.


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Old 01-30-2013, 12:06 PM
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Re: Wyoming Rep Immediately Re-introduces Bill to Allow Suppressor Use

Sounds like a fair compromise. I just sent an email to my senate rep and asked him to support the amendment...
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:52 PM
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Re: Wyoming Rep Immediately Re-introduces Bill to Allow Suppressor Use

For all the fence sitters, nay-sayers, compromisers and suppressor users, here are a few facts related to sound, hearing damage and suppressor usage. This is the info I emailed around to the Senators and Representatives who passed or are discussing this WY legislation currently. Many emailed back with thanks and appreciation of the info, having never heard most of it before.

The benefits of suppressor use are many:
1. According to OSHA, all sounds over 140dB cause permanent damage to hearing; the muzzle blast from a hunting rifle is over 160dB. OSHA's recommendation for mitigation of hearing damage is to limit sound at the source. Safety and Health Topics | Occupational Noise Exposure In this case, a gun-mounted sound suppressor does that. Studies have determined that ear plugs are insufficient in protecting a shooter's ears from permanent damage because the sound is transmitted through the bones in the head.



2. The list of states that allow suppressed hunting:

3. Hunting with suppressors has not increased the incidence of poaching in any of these states. In fact, Arkansas has always allowed suppressed hunting, and they do not have any record of poaching with the use of a silencer. Game departments and LE agencies in AR use suppressors to limit the noise of gunshots while carrying out official duties, including dispatching of rabid and nuisance animals in populated areas.


4. The Michigan Attorney General recommended that all hunting in MI be done with sound suppressors:AG - Schuette: Federally Registered Noise Suppressors Permitted Under State Law

5. The British Health and Safety Laboratory released a study that determined that game managers must use sound moderators (suppressors) for culling deer http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/hsl_p...4/hsl04-01.pdf.

6. As noted in #5 above, the sound suppressor has no effect on the sound created by the bullet as it travels through the air. Supersonic bullet flight is often recorded at 130dB, which is roughly equivalent to the sound of a moderated rifle shot. In other words, the suppressor is not a "silencer;" it does not break the laws of physics.

7. We all know older hunters and veterans who are hearing impaired. Much of the hearing loss suffered is due to gunshots. Please refer to the attachment, which describes that approximately 15% of Americans between 20 and 69 - 26 million Americans - have hearing loss. Tinnitus affects approximately 50 million Americans. This legislation can be a step in protecting the hearing of all outdoorsmen, especially those who shoot.

8. Maybe most importantly, in order to continue the legacy of hunting with future generations, we can teach firearms use more safely and effectively due to two benefits of use of sound suppressors: a) reduction of sound pressure levels to OSHA defined levels allows us to shoot with new shooters and children without the use of cumbersome ear muffs which also muffle range commands and productive instruction. b) reduction of recoil allows new shooters to learn to shoot effectively without as much recoil, which prevents the reflexive flinch. Both of these attributes can contribute to cleaner kills in the field.
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