The House Committee on Natural Resources passed the SHARE Act through the committee on Wednesday.

Sep 14, 2017

The legislation reforms regulations on silencers, adds “further protections for interstate transport of firearms,” protects “certain firearms and ammunition from reclassification in order to make them illegal,” and finally increases “access to federal public lands for hunting and fishing.” The passage of the bill was praised by the National Rifle Association. “Today marks an important step in protecting the Second Amendment freedoms of America’s hunters and sportsmen and strengthening our outdoor heritage,” said the NRA’s Chris Cox. The “legislation would treat silencers as common firearms and require background checks in order to buy one from a licensed gun dealer.” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said that there are “44 silencer-related crimes per year over the past decade. That means about .003 percent of registered silencers are used in crimes each year.” No date has been scheduled for the SHARE Act to be voted on by the full House.