FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded Congressmen Jeff Duncan (SC) and John Carter (TX-31) on Monday for introducing the Hearing Protection Act, an important bill that gives gun owners and sportsmen the opportunity to better protect their ears and hearing.
“Many gun owners and sportsmen suffer severe hearing loss after years of shooting, and yet the tool necessary to reduce such loss is onerously regulated and taxed. It doesn’t make any sense,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. “The Duncan-Carter Hearing Protection Act would allow people easier access to suppressors, which would help them to better protect their hearing.”
The Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 367, would remove suppressors from regulation under the National Firearms Act, replacing the federal transfer process with a National Instant Criminal Background Check. The bill would reduce the cost of purchasing a suppressor by removing the $200 transfer tax.
Suppressors are often mischaracterized in Hollywood. They do not “silence” the sound of a firearm. Instead, they act as mufflers and can reduce the noise of a gunshot to hearing safe levels. Not only do suppressors reduce hearing damage for the shooter, they reduce the noise of ranges located near residential areas.
H.R. 367 would make it easier for gun owners and sportsmen to purchase suppressors in the 42 states where they are currently legal. Purchasers would have to pass a background check to buy them, and prohibited people would be denied.
NRA is proud to have partnered with ASA on this important legislation.
“Gun owners and sportsmen should be able to practice their sport with the tools necessary to do so safely. This bill makes it easier for them to do that,” concluded Cox.
The list, per Ramesses_Deux:
- Fairbanks borough, AK – 59.1%
- Tooele County, UT – 59.1%
- Nez Perce County, ID – 59.0%
- Armstrong County, PA – 57.6%
- Rapides Parish, LA – 52.8%
- Teller County, CO – 52.3%
- Darlington County, SC – 52.1%
- Franklin County, VT – 51.7%
- Randolph County, NC – 51.1%
- Canyon County, ID – 50.9%
- Anchorage Municipality, AK – 50.0%
- Laramie County, WY – 49.6%
- Davis County, UT – 48.8%
- Yellowstone County, MT – 48.7%
- Franklin County, PA – 48.5%
- Pennington County, SD – 48.5%
- Terrebonne Parish, LA – 47.9%
- Ouachita Parish, LA – 47.6%
- Florence County, SC – 47.6%
- Orange County, VT – 47.0%
- Calcasieu Parish, LA – 46.4%
- Weber County, UT – 46.3%
- Kanawha County, WV – 45.2%
- Ada County, ID – 45.0%
- Pulaski County, AR – 44.7%
- Minnehaha County, SD – 44.7%
- Westmoreland County, PA – 44.0%
- Pinal County, AZ – 43.6%
- St. Tammany Parish, LA – 42.5%
- Caddo Parish, LA – 42.2%
As the original poster noted, the map is based on a City Data list of the top 101 U.S. counties by firearm ownership, but City Data does not give the source for the list’s information.
Reddit users were quick to note the unexpected results on the map.
“Not a single one is in Texas, that’s a surprise,” one user wrote.
The first Texas county on City Data’s list is Harris County at No. 73, where apparently just over 30 percent of residents have a home firearm.
Another Reddit user offered a theory for why Louisiana was so well-represented.
“Louisiana has a 2nd Amendment sales tax holiday, a weekend in which firearms, ammunition and, I believe, hunting supplies are tax free,” the user wrote. “As a former resident of Louisiana and gun owner I’m not surprised by the numbers, though I figured northern Louisiana would be better armed than the southern half of the state.”