Democrats Introduce HEAR Act to Ban Suppressors

New Jersey Democrats Sen. Bob Menendez and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman re-introduced a bill to ban silencers.


Rep. Menendez first introduced the Help Empower Americans to Respond (HEAR) Act in 2019 after the Virginia Beach shooting. The assailant used a handgun fitted with a suppressor, although such cases have been few and far between.


The proposed legislation prohibits the manufacture, importation, sale, possession, or transfer of silencers. The Attorney General will be authorized to implement a buyback program for repossessing existing suppressors using the Byrne Grants.

The law would grant gun owners a 90-day grace period to comply. Law enforcement officers and certain Atomic Energy personnel would be allowed to own such devices under limited circumstances.


Menendez ignorantly suggests that suppressors totally silence firearms allowing criminals to kill as many victims as possible secretly.


"Gun silencers are dangerous devices with one purpose and one purpose only – to muffle the sound of gunfire from unsuspecting victims," Menendez said. "The sound of gunshots is what signals you to run, hide, take cover, call the police and help others save themselves; however, this is nearly impossible when a gun silencer is used."


Co-sponsors include Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal and California Dems Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla.

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Congresswoman Coleman described suppressors as “tools of murder” with no legal application in law enforcement or self-defense.


Sen. Feinstein says that such tools should be eliminated from our streets to save lives.

“Gun silencers and suppressors are dangerous and don’t belong in our communities. They hide the sound of gunfire from potential victims and law enforcement. Removing them will save lives,” said Sen. Feinstein.


Blumenthal said only criminals evading law enforcement and mass shooters intending to kill countless victims would oppose a suppressor ban.


Contrarily, suppressors are useful in hunting and protect gun users from deafening noises. However, they do not make guns silent as the gun grabbers suggest. Additionally, banning silencers does not prevent criminals from owning them or illegally making them at home.

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