September 13, 2017
Congress is debating a Republican-backed bill which would make it easier to buy gun silencers.
South Carolina Representative Jeff Duncan introduced the Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act or Share Act.
It aims to give more public access to federal lands for hunting, and make it easier to purchase gun silencers.
Duncan said the bill “cuts through the red tape” of owning a silencer by removing them from the National Firearms Act, and making the background check less extensive.
Democrats have voiced their opposition, saying making silencers easier to obtain would endanger police officers and the public.
A vote on the measure is expected by early October.