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THE AMERICAN SUPPRESSOR ASSOCIATION
The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor industry. Their mission is to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish their mission, their principal initiatives focus on state lobbying, federal lobbying, public education, and industry research.
Silencer Shop supports the ASA in their efforts to:
We have partnered with the ASA in providing information that addresses the myths surrounding suppressors. Demo, videos and informational material are just some of the ways that Silencer Shop and the ASA help to raise public awareness.
As of June 2015 there are currently 41 states in which civilians are allowed to purchase and possess suppressors. The goal of the ASA is to legalize suppressor ownership in 50 states. Learn how you can make a difference.
The ASA works with legislators and state wildlife agencies to legalize the use of suppressors in the field for hunters across the nation. There are some states where suppressors are legal to own, but are not legal for game hunting. Learn more about the laws in your state.
Shall Sign legislation refers to measures which would require a Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) to sign NFA applications within a prescribed period of time, unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person. When the National Firearms Act of 1934 was signed into law, computerized background checks did not exist. At that time, the CLEO signoff was the only means by which individuals applying for a transfer of an NFA item could be vetted. Since 1934, technology has come full circle, but the now antiquated CLEO signoff requirement has remained. Many CLEOs refuse to sign NFA applications, basing their refusal on perceived liability or on purely political reasons. Shall Sign legislation fixes these issues, ensuring that law abiding citizens in the state receive their CLEO signature within a reasonable amount of time.
Dave Matheny, owner of Silencer Shop and board member for the ASA, has testified before Texas legislature regarding "Shall Sign" legislation as well as other ASA backed legislation.
The NFA Branch has a constant backlog of Form 4 applications. Silencer Shop has met with the ATF to help improve the process and implement new programs. The end goal of the ASA and Silencer Shop is to see instantaneous approval at the point of purchase.
The ASA is a sponsorship and membership driven organization. Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, dealer, or suppressor owner, their strength comes from their members. Even if you don't currently own a suppressor yourself, if you want the right to own one in the future and care about the rights of others to be able to use them please consider becoming a member. Learn more about becoming an ASA member and start supporting the cause today.