Gear & Accessories Hunting News Florida Aims to Lift Ban on Hunting with Suppressors Marion Hammer November 19th, 2014 | More From Marion Hammer Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+This week, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is expected to lift a 57-year-old ban on using silencers/suppressors on rifles and pistols for the hunting of deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows. relatedHunting with Suppressors Now Legal in FloridaAs anticipated, on Friday, November 21, 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to remove the ... A proposed amendment to 68A-12.002 General Methods of Taking Game; Prohibitions would remove specific hunting-specific suppressor prohibitions currently on the books. Getting lost in shill hum of the anti-gun/anti-sportsmen group, is the fact that the existing ban is very limited. It is nothing more than a small carve-out prohibition. It is already legal to hunt on private land with suppressed rifles and pistols when hunting hogs, furbearers (coyotes, bobcats, otters, raccoons, opossums, beavers, skunks and nutrias) and armadillos. Further, it is legal to hunt furbearers and armadillos on public land with suppressor-equipped rifles and pistols. Additionally, it is legal in Florida to use suppressor-equipped shotguns for all hunting. So why all the wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth by anti-gunners? Florida’s current ban on the use of “silencers” on pistols and rifles while hunting deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows was added to hunting regulations in August 1957, with no apparent justification. At the time, Hollywood movies made suppressors, also called “silencers,” synonymous with “machine guns” and assassins during alcohol prohibition. Contrary to the common view of suppressors, they do not eliminate or completely silence the sound of a firearm. Suppressors only reduce the report of a gunshot in the same way that a muffler reduces exhaust noise and emissions from a vehicle. There are numerous benefits associated with the use of suppressors, including reduced noise pollution, increased accuracy and protection from hearing damage. Thirty-two states currently allow all hunting with suppressors. There are no known poaching incidents using a firearm suppressor that is registered under the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934. Increased use of suppressors will help to eliminate noise complaints, which have been used more frequently as an excuse to close shooting ranges, public shooting areas and hunting lands throughout the country. It’s time for Florida’s ban to be lifted and to spread awareness to the rest of the country. Stay tuned as this story evolves with G&A’s Suppressor section and the American Suppressor Association. relatedG&A 2014 Suppressor of the Year: SureFire Ryder 22-ASuppressor use is quickly gaining wider acceptance for its inherent safety benefits and the joy it brings to people who ... G&A Polls Loading... powered by 1,923 Total Votes • 10 Comments • See More Polls Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from Guns & Ammo Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week To sign-up for our newsletter, check this box and submit your email address below. If you sign-up, then you acknowledge that your email address is valid, and that you have read and accept our Terms of Service Even More Suppressors Show More Get the Guns & Ammo Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. To sign-up for our newsletter, check this box and submit your email address below. If you sign-up, then you acknowledge that your email address is valid, and that you have read and accept our Terms of Service 9 Awesomely Creative Ways to Kill ZombiesRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services WAIT!DON'T MISS A SINGLE ISSUE! Get 12 issues for the low price of just $9! Subscribe!