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Las Vegas Shooting Delays Silencer Bill

Las Vegas Shooting Delays Silencer Bill
A pistol with a silencer at a gun display during a National Rifle Association outdoor sports trade show on February 10, 2017 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 02 October 2017 05:51 PM

Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas will stall a bill in Congress that would make it easier to purchase silencers for guns.

Politico cited sources in the Republican Party who said the shooting, which left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 people wounded, has put the legislation on the backburner.

Called the Hearing Protection Act, the bill would eliminate a $200 transfer tax on the purchase of firearm silencers.

The bill was introduced in January and has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

Another bill, called the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, would allow lawful gun owners to bring their firearms to other states. It would also prevent certain federal agencies from regulating ammunition and magazines.

The Congressional baseball practice shooting in June initially delayed debate of the SHARE Act, Politico noted. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was seriously wounded in that shooting. He returned to work last week.

Former FBI special agent Manny Gomez spoke with MSNBC Monday about the silencer legislation and said the devices need more regulation.

"Numerous other sportsmen have shot from muskets when the founding fathers started the Second Amendment up to now and successfully killed game animals without the use of a silencer. So where is this logical progression?" Gomez said.

"Are we going to legalize grenades next because sportsmen need the averages to be on their side more? It seems to me we are headed in the wrong direction."

The National Rifle Agency announced Monday it was putting off airing a $32,000 ad campaign because of the Las Vegas shooting.

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