Thursday, March 29, 2012

But not in Hawaii

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Voted Today



Thank You to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and TSRA and NRA Members!

Today, after hearing your support for this TSRA-NRA-backed common sense hunting reform, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to legalize suppressor use while hunting.  The benefits associated with suppressor use include increased accuracy due to reduced recoil and muzzle blast, protection from hearing damage and reduced noise pollution. 

Prior to the adoption of this rule, lawfully-possessed suppressors were permitted for all other shooting activities besides hunting game animals, including the taking of nuisance species.  The adoption of this common sense proposal by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department helps in other states where the NRA is involved with similar pro-hunting measures.  Legislatures in Oklahoma and Georgia are currently considering similar measures and Arizona has recently passed one which would enhance hunting opportunities because of the many benefits that suppressors provide.  

The NRA and TSRA strongly supported this regulation change to allow for the use of lawfully-owned suppressors for hunting in Texas.  There is an incredible amount of misinformation on what suppressors do and how they may be acquired.  Suppressors are not "silencers," as depicted in typical Hollywood action films.  While suppressors do not eliminate the sound of a firearm, they do reduce the muzzle report in a manner similar to the way that a muffler reduces exhaust noise from a vehicle.  

Noise complaints are being used more frequently as an excuse to close shooting ranges, informal shooting areas, and hunting lands throughout the country.  Increased use of suppressors will help to eliminate many of these complaints and protect hunting and shooting areas well into the future.

Special thanks to TSRA and NRA members who traveled long distances to testify in support of the change.    They brought valuable information to the Commission.   Also thanks to over 3,000 Texans who participated in support of the change by email.   There was little opposition.   

Renew, rejoin, or upgrade your TSRA membership.   We're only as powerful as our membership allows us to be.     Go to or call 512-615-4200 during office hours. Don't forget to donate to the PAC.  Relect pro-gun candidates first!
Keep the Faith,

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