The House may vote on the SHARE Act – a sportsmen’s package which includes a request to partially deregulate suppressors – as early as this week. Unfortunately, it faces strong opposition from those supporting gun control.
The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (or SHARE Act) has only five sponsors. However, many expect it to pass.
The language of the act removes National Firearms Act requirements for suppressors. This act will scrub the information of about 1.3 million suppressors currently on the books. It ill also refund the $200 transfer tax to all people who have purchased a suppressor since October 22, 2015.
However, not everyone is happy about the SHARE Act. According to Guns.com:
While ordinarily any of the above would garner objection from gun control advocates, it is Title XV of the SHARE Act, the Hearing Protection Act, which is drawing the most flak.
The standalone version of the Hearing Protection Act has 163 sponsors, primarily Republicans, but has yet to be heard in committee, making the SHARE Act a quick vehicle for the bill’s passage.
“Law enforcement and military experts have told the American people and Congress they oppose this bill, and that there are very effective hearing protection devices already available on the open market,” said Brady Campaign co-president Kris Brown in a statement. “Keeping guns out of dangerous hands and stopping school shootings, ambushes of police and other mass shootings before they can start is the priority for the American people–not making it harder to detect a shooting once it starts.”
Besides the Brady Campaign, Everytown, Americans for Responsible Solutions and others are applying pressure to lawmakers. The latter group, formed by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, is spending money on targeted ad campaigns encouraging Republican lawmakers to jump ship on the proposal.
The bill’s proposition is extremely polarizing to the American public. That’s because it involves the idea of suppressors becoming considered a Title I firearm. This will allow them to transfer from a federal firearms license holder to anyone legally able to possess them. All buyers must pass an FBI instant background check.
Still, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is on-board. They passionately claim the passing of the bill will help will help protect shooters, and will help preserve the nation’s outdoor heritage. It will also remove restrictions on Second Amendment freedoms.
If it passes through the House, the SHARE Act will go to the Senate. However, Republicans hold the majority here, and 60 votes will be necessary for this dream to become a reality.