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H.R. 95: Hearing Protection Act

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Are the silencers themselves weapons, or merely add-ons for weapons?

Context and what the bill does

Under federal law, eight different descriptions of devices officially count as a “firearm.” Seven of the eight descriptions are unambiguously weapons: from shotguns with barrels shorter than 18 inches, to rifles with barrels less than 16 inches, to machine guns of any length.

One of the eight descriptions, though, isn’t a weapon in and of itself but rather a weapon accessory: a silencer, used to mute the sound of a shooting.

Under both the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968, silencers are subject to certain regulations, including a ban on interstate transfers between unlicensed people, a ban on interstate sales entirely, and a federal registry.

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Sponsor and status

Jeff Duncan

Sponsor. Representative for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2021
Length: 7 pages
Jan 4, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 4, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 4, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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94 Cosponsors (94 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 4, 2021

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H.R. 95 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 95. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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