McAuliffe shouts “no” to gun silencer bill

Sunday’s mass murders in Las Vegas have prompted Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to urge the state’s Congressional delegation to vote against the SHARE Act.

The Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE) would eliminate some  restrictions on the sale of gun silencers. And, according to McAuliffe, the measure puts lives at risk. The governor has written the congressional delegation, saying “if passed, the SHARE Act would encourage the use of devices that suppress the sound of gunfire, making it much more difficult to identify, find and stop shooters like the man who killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas on Sunday. This was a horrendous attack, but it could have been even worse.”

The Governor urged every member of the Virginia delegation to vote against the bill whenever it may come up, saying, “As elected officials, we must do everything in our power to prevent something like this from happening ever again. But the first step should be to block legislation that would make heinous acts like this even easier to commit. On behalf of the people of Virginia, I urge you to vote ‘no’ on the SHARE Act when it comes before you.”

The SHARE Act preempts some state regulations on silencers. It also requires the Justice Department to “destroy any registration of a silencer maintained in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record” and it gives the Attorney General a year to do that.

The SHARE Act, HR3668, was introduced a little over a month ago by Cong. Jeff Duncan (R-SC). It quickly made its way through six House committees and is on the House calendar for a floor vote. The section of the bill that involves silencers is just a small part of a much larger measure that also loosens restrictions on armor piercing bullets and the transportation of weapons across state lines.

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