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Kansas Legislature approves bill allowing silencers for outdoor recreation

March 28, 2011

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— The Kansas Legislature has approved a bill that would allow the use of silencers for hunting, fishing and fur harvesting.

The bill, supported by the National Rifle Association, is awaiting Gov. Sam Brownback's signature.

The Hays Daily News reports that the bill received only one no vote in the Senate and was unanimously approved by the House last week.

Chris Tymeson, chief counsel for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, says he doesn't know how if many people own silencers, in part because they are expensive and must be licensed by federal authorities. Owners also must undergo an FBI background check.

He says a few people have filed requests with the state's wildlife agency to be able to use silencers, mainly for shooting prairie dogs.

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Kontum1972 3 years ago

ahhhh...Kansas....no,..... not the basketball team....

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riverdrifter 3 years ago

I once owned a .243 with a suppressor. Nice rifle but after half a dozen rounds it was a sooty mess. Never again. Let'er bark.

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

Let us hope that Hodgdon and IMR are working on bringing Hushaboom to market in the near future.

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seeker_of_truth 3 years ago

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overplayedhistory 3 years ago

What was the name of this bill? "The life saving anti abortion doctor Bill"

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gudpoynt 3 years ago

"[A] few people have filed requests [...] to use silencers, mainly for shooting prairie dogs."

If you've got a prairie dog problem, don't shoot the poor buggers. Call this guy!

http://bit.ly/e9WWTR

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RoeDapple 3 years ago

"Please tell me how one fishes with a silencer?"

Vewy kwietly . . .

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

Hiram Maxim was a clever lad.

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RoeDapple 3 years ago

Suppressors are commonly used for hunting in many European countries and are even required in some areas to prevent "disturbing the peace". Depending on the caliber, the cycling of the gun's action can create more noise than the round being fired. Any round traveling at speed greater than the speed of sound will still cause a loud snap as it breaks that barrier, but sound can still be reduced by up to 85 decibels, possibly eliminating the need for hearing protection. Suppressors are available in Europe for rifles, pistols and even shotguns. They can also reduce recoil as much as 75% on weapons that kick hard and in most cases improve accuracy.

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bevy 3 years ago

No one has answered the question: How do you fish with a firearm? Firearms aren't listed on the legal equipment page on KDWP's website: http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/Fishing/Fishing-Regulations/Legal-Equipment

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rtwngr 3 years ago

People who know nothing of firearms and the laws, seem to have the strongest opinions on them. One of the ways that our freedom, in this country, has always been guaranteed was by an armed populous. This is the way the founders of our constitution designed it. Yes, criminals commit crimes with guns. On the other hand, there are verifiable statistics (too numerous to mention here) that violent crimes decrease in states where there is a "right to carry" law in place. This bill brings consistency to KDWP and state law already on the books. Vital interests of the state were not held up because this was not debated for months on end like our federal budget.

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

"The only use I could think of for such a device is murder. That's really the only thing I've ever seen it used for on TV...." Expecting life to be like TV is a mug's game.

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Glenn Reed 3 years ago

My first reaction was shock. The only use I could think of for such a device is murder. That's really the only thing I've ever seen it used for on TV.

I reread the article, thought about it for a few minutes, and I could see how the device might find legitimate use in hunting. My fears of illegal applications are tempered by the required background check, though I'd like to know what the requirements to be met are. I'd also like the bill allowing ownership of the device to require a background check at the state level, in case the federal rule gets changed.

On a side note, telling folks to shut up and go away does nothing to enhance your credibility, majestic. Explain your position and provide intelligent rebuttals to others' arguments. Otherwise, you're going to look like a redneck with a death-grip on his boom-stick.

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Newell_Post 3 years ago

Uhhh.... Point of information.....

"Silencers" don't actually work like the sound effects in most movies. The movies show a quiet "pffft" instead of a "bang." A real suppressor just produces a bang that is a little less loud than normal. An unsuppressed report can be 160 dB, and a suppressed report can be 120 dB.

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speedy47 3 years ago

Guess this means I won't be hearing the deer poachers anymore?

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thuja 3 years ago

Using a gun to fish?

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Ken Lewis 3 years ago

Just what the State needs. And this was such an important issue when the State budget is in crisis. Forget the schools. Get the rednecks with silencers on thier guns.

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slowplay 3 years ago

33 states already allow the use of silencers. When the silencer was invented it was marketed as the "gentleman's way of target shooting". However, don't forget, the possession of a silencer without a federal permit is a felony with a max sentence of 10 years.

I just love this explanation from the Western Criminology Review: "Professionally-made silencers may screw into a threaded barrel, and continue to allow the use of the gun’s sights (which is not possible with things like pillows)."

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Ralph Reed 3 years ago

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DeaconBlue 3 years ago

Now I can use 2 liter coke bottle on the end of my fire stick.

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Jake Esau 3 years ago

I'd rather be able to legally drive 75mph on I-70 than legally silence a hunting rifle...

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Richard Heckler 3 years ago

This opens the doors wider for those who illegally hunt people to kill.

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SynjynSmythe 3 years ago

Please tell me how one fishes with a silencer?

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concernedeudoravoter 3 years ago

Wow - just like always, Kansas Legislature - let's pass something that pales in comparison to important legislation such as the budget for next year. Why on earth would you want to spend any time on that.

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Majestic42 3 years ago

The correct term is "suppressor." But also, props for passing this. Great idea.

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