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    Why are silencers illegal?

    I was just wondering since they still sell them at gun shows with certain guns, figured they're illegal bc who would actually need one unless u are committing a crime or something but wasnt really sure

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    edited to remove
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    Silencers or suppressors are perfectly legal in most states, as long as you do the appropriate paperwork and buy the federal tax stamp.
    Politically Correct? No.

    Truthful? Yes!

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    Sound Suppressors are legal for individuals to own in the following states;
    AL, AR, AK, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MS, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY. Providing you go through the proper licensing procedures with the ATF.
    The procedures are similar to the purchase of a machine gun.

    As far as "Why" they are illegal in some states? For the same reason other types of firearms and magazines are illegal........Liberal politicians who like to pass "Feel good" legistation that does nothing to prevent criminal acts.

    There are millions of legally owned suppressors and machine guns in the US.
    Less than .01% of them will ever be used in a criminal act (According to USDOJ statistics.)

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    Because people don't kill people, guns with silencers do.
    Seriously, the only reason I wanted to be a cop was so I could post anywhere on this forum.

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    Not illegal here. Many European countries sell them over the counter. It is considered rude to make noise with an unsuppressed firearm.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GGG View Post
    Not illegal here. Many European countries sell them over the counter. It is considered rude to make noise with an unsuppressed firearm.

    What countries in Europe allow citizens to have handguns?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woofdog View Post
    What countries in Europe allow citizens to have handguns?
    France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, etc. The first three have VERY restrictive gun laws, but you can own one.

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    Thanks. That's a lot better than I thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by libobg View Post
    Sound Suppressors are legal for individuals to own in the following states;
    AL, AR, AK, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MS, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY. Providing you go through the proper licensing procedures with the ATF.
    The procedures are similar to the purchase of a machine gun.

    As far as "Why" they are illegal in some states? For the same reason other types of firearms and magazines are illegal........Liberal politicians who like to pass "Feel good" legistation that does nothing to prevent criminal acts.

    There are millions of legally owned suppressors and machine guns in the US.
    Less than .01% of them will ever be used in a criminal act (According to USDOJ statistics.)
    Wouldn't it have been easier to just list the states that outlaw them? LOL, You listed 37 states that allow them!

    Suppressors are cool, you have to use subsonic ammo though to work effectively, if not you hear the sonic boom of the round; it's pretty cool.

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    Well, it looks like Iowa has made them illegal. I wonder if cops are exempt? They seem to be exempt from possessing a lot of things as long as they are "work related".

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    Quote Originally Posted by 86-43 View Post
    Well, it looks like Iowa has made them illegal. I wonder if cops are exempt? They seem to be exempt from possessing a lot of things as long as they are "work related".
    Not really true to either, at least here in OH. One still needs ATF paperwork for short barrelled stuff as well as silencers.

    The only thing I can think of that was less restrictive for LE over citizens were high cap mags during the ban. I may be wrong though.
    Seriously, the only reason I wanted to be a cop was so I could post anywhere on this forum.

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    Oddly enough, non-LEO's can have supressed weapons in Ca. if they have the right reason. The Wildlife Specialists with the USDA/APHIS have them for addressing animal problems near populated areas. I've worked with these guys a lot. Their weapons are very impressive, as are the guys that use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 86-43 View Post
    Well, it looks like Iowa has made them illegal. I wonder if cops are exempt? They seem to be exempt from possessing a lot of things as long as they are "work related".

    In Iowa NFA items may be owned by LE/Govment depts. and issued to thier officers as they see fit. Just convince your dept. that you need one for duty and they can order them in.

    Also Law Enforcement firearms dealers may possess.

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