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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A new North Carolina law allows hunters to install noise suppressors on their rifles and shotguns.

The Charlotte Observer reports that North Carolina becomes the 40th state to legalize suppressors. The change was part of broad legislation that expanded where concealed handguns can be legally carried.

Republican Sen. Shirley Randleman of Wilkes County calls her amendment a health issue. She says hunters and audiologists in her district informed her of hunters’ hearing loss problems.

David Drummond, the owner of Carolina Sporting Arms in Charlotte, says suppressors may also reduce neighbors’ complaints.

Suppressors muffle sound by reducing the speed of gases coming from a gun’s barrel.

A hunter must meet federal qualifications to own a suppressor, which includes criminal background checks and a $200 tax.

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  • THE SUPPRESSOR IS USED SO PEOPLE WILL NOT KNOW HOW MANYINNOCENT ANIMALS ARE BEING KILLED! THE ANIMALS ARE JUST SURVIVING LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, AND SOME STUPID IDIOT WITH A GUN , MURDERS THEM. A MENTALITY OF VIOLENCE. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS LEADS TO CRUELTY TO PEOPLE.

    • And the butcher that uses a very silent knife to make your meat is different from a hunter providing meat for his family how?

      • I AM A VEGAN . I DO NOT EAT ANIMALS. THIS SHOWS YOUR MENTALITY AS AN AIR HEAD.

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