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Utah Sen. Mike Lee again pushes bill to end restrictions on firearm silencers. A big silencer company is based in West Valley City.

Washington • Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has reintroduced legislation to erase restrictions on buying and owning firearms silencers, a move quickly denounced by gun-control groups as a dangerous proposal that will make Americans less safe.

In previously introducing the legislation, Lee pitched his bill, dubbed the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act, or SHUSH Act, as a way for hunters and target shooters to lessen the chance their firearms will damage their hearing and noted that silencers only diminish the sound of a shot and don’t make it actually silent.

“Suppressors don’t work like they do in the movies. You can’t make an AR-15 as quiet as using a stapler,” Lee said in a 2017 statement his office on Tuesday referenced when asked about the bill. “At most, a suppressor can lower the sound of a rifle shot by about 35 decibels, down to about 130 decibels, about the same sound level as a chainsaw.

“Nobody is going to sneak away from anybody with a chainsaw going full blast, but at least their eardrums won’t burst,” Lee continued.

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