Members of the Ohio House of Representatives have approved a local politician’s proposal to allow hunters to use silencers on their guns.
In a 76-15 vote Wednesday, house members voted in favor of House Bill 234. The legislation will now move to the Senate for further consideration.
Silencers, or suppressors, are used to muffle or diminish the sound of a firearm. While they’re illegal for hunting in the state, suppressors are legal for Ohio residents to own.
Their popularity has skyrocketed in Ohio in the last year. The state ranks fourth in the nation for the most registered suppressors, with more than 25,000 legally owned, according to 2013 data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
State Representatives John Becker (R-Union Township) and Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) introduced the bill in July after they were approached by hunters who claim to have hearing damage caused by their non-suppressed firearms.
“This bill only has to do with the hearing loss to hunters,” said Becker.
So wear fucking earplugs. Or find a recreational hobby other than killing shit. But we do not need to flood the market with silencers, for obvious reasons, not to mention the fact that we’ll probably see a marked increase of hunter on hunter accidental shootings.