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Protect Common Sense Gun Safety Laws

The House of Representatives may still vote on the SHARE Act (H.R. 3668), a bill that would weaken an 80-year-old federal law that regulates the sale of gun silencers. Silencers disguise the sound of gunfire and make it difficult for people - including law enforcement officers - to recognize and locate an active shooter.

We are calling on Congress to reject and immediately forgo a vote on the SHARE Act. Rather than voting on legislation that would severely weaken gun safety laws and threaten the safety of our communities, Congress must implement common sense solutions that will help to prevent tragedies such as the recent carnage witnessed in Las Vegas.



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  • Background

    A provision to deregulate the sale of gun silencers was inserted into H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, an unrelated bill that mainly focuses on expanding opportunities for hunters and fishers. The proposal would remove silencers from the National Firearms Act of 1934, the law that currently regulates the sale of gun silencers, thereby reducing the federal regulation on silencers and making them more readily accessible. Should this bill become law, a person purchasing a silencer on the internet or at a gun show will not be required to pass a background check.

    Silencers are already legal to purchase – deregulating them further will only harm public safety. By reducing the recognizable sound of gunfire, people in close proximity to gunshots may not be aware of an active shooter situation. Had the murderer in Las Vegas been using a gun silencer, there is no telling how many more innocent lives may have been lost.

    Expanding the availability of silencers is especially dangerous for law enforcement, who rely on the sound of gunshots to determine a shooter’s location. Major law enforcement organizations oppose silencer deregulation, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Police Foundation, and the Police Executive Research Forum.

    Instead of making it harder for people to hear gun shots, members of Congress should be focused on enacting common sense solutions to prevent gun violence in our communities.

    Jewish values

    Our tradition emphasizes the sanctity and value of human life. The Torah commands us, “Thou shalt not murder” (Exodus 20:13). Further, Leviticus 19:16 tells us, “do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” We, as Reform Jews, cannot stand by as gun safety laws are weakened and dismantled.

    MORE INFORMATION:

    For more information, contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Matt Fidel at (202) 387-2800 or visit the RAC's Gun Violence Prevention issue page. In addition to sending an email through our form above, you can also call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.