Suppressor Ban and Buy Back Put Forth

This is my opinion and some news rolled into one concerning the suppressor buyback scheme:

New Jersey anti gun politicians propose using federal grant dollars to buyback an item that is used in only a small number of crimes each year. Good job on this nonsensical proposition, guys and gals. You've nailed it.

The HEAR act, Help Empower Americans to Respond, proposal comes quickly on the heels of the Virginia Beach shooting where a man armed with a couple handguns, one with an attached suppressor, started shooting people.

Sadly, 12 people died and anti-gun politicians wasted no time to politicize a tragedy trying to ban an inanimate object that is already highly regulated.

Someone who survived that shooting said that the sound of the gun firing with the attached suppressor was about the sound of a nail gun, and the politicians ran with that.

It isn't true, of course, but that doesn't stop the gun haters from taking whatever action they deem necessary, and President Trump said he'd consider banning them, which certainly does not help matters.

The sound is pretty terrible, but you can watch it here:

Regardless of where you stand on the issue of suppressor ownership, this is not good for gun owners because it can be seen as another step on the slippery slope that we've discussed in depth before.

There are currently about 1.5 million gun suppressors that good people spent a lot of money on and had to jump through hoops in order to get. And, as stated above, they are rarely ever used in crime.

But, it is difficult to argue with facts when presented with raw emotion and the desire to do something, whatever that something may end up being.

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said this:

Silencers undermine public safety. 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 … No one needs a silencer to defend themselves or their home, but everyone needs to be able to hear when their lives are in danger, and that’s exactly what the HEAR Act will do.

You can watch the video, here:

It should be noted here that suppressors are already illegal in New Jersey, and, while legal in neighboring Pennsylvania, it isn't exactly like you can drive over state lines and buy one. There are tremendous hoops to jump through unless you illegally make one or steal one.

Both of which are illegal.

To summarize, the HEAR Act would do the following:

  • Authorize a buyback program for silencers using federal Byrne JAG grants;
  • Provide individuals with a 90-day grace period after the date of enactment for individuals to comply with the ban;
  • Provide limited exceptions for certain current and former law enforcement personnel, for certain Atomic Energy personnel and purpose, and for certain authorized testing or experimentation.

The economic impact something like this would have is tremendous unless they purposefully rip off the suppressor owners. I'm horrible at math so correct me if I'm wrong, but if we gave even $400 in exchange for the 1.5 million suppressors that's a bill of $600,000,000 that tax payers will have to make up.

When you take that cost into account and subtract the amount of crime NOT committed by people with suppressors, you end up with an enormous difference of idiocy that cannot be comprehended by people like you and me.

Then, when you figure out that many suppressors can cost at least double that and factor in the $200 tax stamp needed to buy one, that equals a lot of pissed, ripped off Americans who really just wanted to enjoy shooting more.

All that money, and we haven't even gotten into the number of jobs we'd lose by all the companies having to shut their doors down, shops being unable to sell, etc.

Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments below.

About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.


  1. Ian on June 24, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    This IS BS

  2. Jason on June 25, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Like they would actually offer 400 bucks for a suppressor…HA

    • Joshua Gillem on June 25, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Yeah, I may have been a little generous here.

  3. Jared Holmes on June 26, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    This is beyond idiotic. First they should have to refund the cost of the tax stamp and then buy the suppressors at market value. Which would basically double the buyback cost. Then there is the problem of who is going to go door to door and confiscate the suppressors from the people that don’t comply. Search warrants would have to be issued and the cost for that would be astronomical.

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