01/02/2018

The California Senate Public Safety Committee is scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., to consider California state Senate Bill 710, which would legalize the ownership of suppressors and their use while hunting in California.

Safari Club International encourages all sportsmen and women in California to use SCI’s Action Center to contact Senate Public Safety Committee members and urge them to pass SB 710.

If enacted, SB 710 will bring California in line with the 42 states that currently allow civilians to own suppressors, and the 40 states that allow hunters to use them in the field. Since 2011, three states have legalized suppressor ownership and 18 states have legalized suppressor hunting.

Research has proven suppressors to be effective in reducing noise from firearms and protecting the hearing of hunters and recreational shooters.

In a 2011 study, entitled “Noise and Lead Exposures at an Outdoor Firing Range – California,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated: “The only potentially effective noise control method to reduce students’ or instructors’ noise exposure from gunfire is through the use of noise suppressors that can be attached to the end of the gun barrel. However, some states do not permit civilians to use suppressors on firearms.”

Contact the Senate Public Safety Committee members and voice your opinion today!

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