Silence! Florida Hunters Can Now Hunt in Peace
Russ Chastain 11.21.14
Key Largo, FL – Back in 1957, it became illegal to hunt game animals using a silencer, a.k.a. suppressor, in Florida. This was probably aimed at poachers, but we all know that lawbreakers don’t obey laws (duh).
Beginning today, hunters can use silenced firearms for all kinds of hunting in Florida. That was the result of this morning’s vote at a meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), during which Order Number EO 14-32 was approved, to be enacted immediately.
Sadly, suppressors are strictly regulated, and the 1934 National Firearms Act requires citizens to jump through hoops and bribe the government for permission to own one. That said, more and more people are doing so these days. There are reportedly about 40,000 registered silencers in the state of Florida.
The benefits of silencers for hunters include hearing protection, lack of disturbance to nearby hunters, and lack of disturbance to other animals in the area.
Opponents claimed that other hunters as well as non-hunters such as hikers would somehow be safer if they could hear hunters’ shots. This is silly; once you’ve heard a shot, it’s too late to avoid the resulting projectile.
Here’s hoping we can deregulate suppressors in the near future, and repeal all restrictive gun laws. Hey, a guy can dream, right?
In the meantime, Florida hunters can at least take it easy on their ears if they want to.