Politics Congress Might Still Make It Easier to Buy a Silencer After the Las Vegas Shooting

19:16  03 october  2017
19:16  03 october  2017 Source:   Time

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The U.S. House of Representatives has not yet scheduled a vote for a bill that would loosen regulations on silencers, but Speaker Paul Ryan did not rule out a vote in the future.

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, gun control advocates criticized Republican lawmakers for their sponsorship of a bill that would make it easier to buy suppressors, often popularly referred to as silencers.

“I don’t know when its going to be scheduled,” Ryan said of the bill. We’re focusing on passing our budget.”

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Legislation to make it easier to buy gun silencers — already delayed once after the congressional baseball shooting in June — seemed close to getting a vote in the House. But after a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas , the bill’s future is uncertain.

The gun industry is pushing Congress to make gun silencers easier to purchase. Silencers are on display at the Sig Sauer booth at the Shooting , Hunting and Outdoor Trade show this January in Las Vegas .

On Sunday, 59 people were killed and more than 500 injured in a shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The shooting drew attention to the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act, which would make it easier to hunt and fish on federal land as well as reduce regulations on the purchase of suppressors.

Despite the “silencer” name, suppressors do not make gunshots silent. Even with a suppressor in place, an AR-15 rifle is roughly as loud as a jackhammer. Supporters say the bill is about protecting recreational gun users from hearing loss.

A senior Republican leadership aide disputed that the decision not to hold a vote had anything to do with the shooting.

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“This package had unresolved issues within our conference prior to this week and was not scheduled for the floor prior to this incident. These Democrat narratives just aren’t true,” said the aide.

The debate over this bill was last postponed in June, after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot after a gunman opened fire on a Republican practice for the Congressional baseball game in June. Scalise spent weeks in the hospital, and only returned to the Capitol last week.

Nash Jenkins contributed to this report.

This article was originally published on TIME.com

Don't blame the gun lobby, blame the gunman for mass shootings .
The violence in Las Vegas stirs up the gun control debate yet again.It is human nature to try to make sense out of even the most senseless acts of violence. That is certainly the case with the Las Vegas shooting spree. In the wake of the massacre, politicians rushed forward to give meaning to the tragedy, other than the raging madness of Stephen Paddock. Various reforms have been proposed, from new licensing laws to limiting the number of guns a person can own, to banning military-style weapons or silencers or high-capacity ammunition clips.

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