A New Bill Could Make Gun Silencers Legal In Illinois

Experts Say a Single Shot Could Cause Severe Hearing Loss

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize the possession of a gun silencer. 42 states already have a similar law.

 Senator William Haine, from Alton, believes gun silencers would reduce a shooter's risk of hearing damage.

 “We cans speculate all day, what if, but the what ifs have to be answered by looking at the42 states that have this law passed. I have not received any information from the opponents on the chaos that suppressors are making,” Sen. Haine said.

NRA members and gun supporters across the state are in favor of the passing senate bill 50

According to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, shooters who aren't wearing protective gear can suffer severe hearing loss from as little as one gun shot. 

Exposure to any noise greater than 140 decibels can permanently affect your hearing, the silencer would lower the decibels and effect it has on your ears.

Scott Tallyn owns Tallyn’s Tactical Solutions, he supports the bill, which would allow him to sell silencers. 

“I think when people look at the amount of hearing loss that is being produced from being at the ranger, their ears are very susceptible to loud noises, and this what we’re trying to protect,” Tallyn said

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence believe the bill could create even more gun violence across the state.

A similar ball in 2016 to lift ban on silencers moved to the house where it was amended, the session ended before senators could act.


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