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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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6 Comments on "NC law allows hunters to use suppressors on guns"


1 month 30 days ago

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.

1 month 30 days ago

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

1 month 29 days ago

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

jsmith
2015 years 8 months ago

Average time in NC is closer to 6+ months. Other parts of the country may be different. Depends on the application load and the number of examiners.

You can go to http://www.nfatracker.com to get info although the quality is limited to those that choose to report their experiences with wait time…

Plan ahead… :-)

boris
2015 years 8 months ago

Good luck getting a suppressor by hunting season, the ATF is taking up to a year to process the paperwork.

jsmith
2015 years 8 months ago

The full headline from the Charlotte paper is:

“Gun suppressors are now legal for hunting in North Carolina”

Your link (blue text) about NC being the 40th state to legalize suppressors is misleading. Suppressors have been legal in North Carolina long before HB937 was passed. What’s now legal is using them while hunting.

 

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