Guns.com is reporting that ‘increased public interest” has forced the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to delay a vote on the legalization of hunting with suppressors in the state. According to the seven-member commission, opposition from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and other anti-gun groups has resulted in them delaying the vote until Friday.
In explaining his group’s opposition, CSGV representative Ladd Everitt stated, “You want to hear the report of gunfire for the same reason you would wear a bright-orange neon vest: because you want to alert others in that area to your presence, particularly when weapons are being fired.” Everett and his group have wrongfully asserted that suppressor usage would pose a risk to the public because people would not be able to hear hunters’ gunfire. Apparently, Mr. Everett and his supporters have been watching too many movies.
The opposition posed by the CSGV and other gun control groups stems from a monumental misunderstanding of how suppressors actually work. Their viewpoint, which has been largely shaped by Hollywood, is that suppressors make firearms silent. In The Truth About Suppressors, I addressed these claims and pointed out that even when suppressed, the report of a firearm is still many times louder than your average conversation.
Knox Williams, President of the American Suppressor Association, summarized the realities of suppressor usage perfectly saying, “Even the most effective suppressors on the market on the smallest and quietest calibers, like .22 LR, reduce the peak sound level of the gunshot to around 110-120 dB. To put that in perspective, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), that is as loud as a jackhammer (110 dB) or an ambulance siren (120 dB). To our knowledge, no one has ever accused a jackhammer of being silent.”
I hate to treat the CSGV and other gun control groups like petulant children, but in this case they absolutely earn such treatment. Hearing damage is a very real concern for hunters, who generally are advised not to wear ear plugs in the woods. Those of us who actually own suppressors or have been exposed to silenced firearms know well that Hollywood action films are a far cry from reality. It is too bad that the CSGV and other groups have chosen to be willfully ignorant on the subject.
Readers can set the record straight on the issue by contacting the commission directly: http://myfwc.com/contact/fwc-staff/senior-staff/contact-commissioners/%20
The Truth About Suppressors: http://modernrifleman.net/2014/02/06/the-truth-about-suppressors/