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We have all seen guns with a silencer in the movies. The bad guy pulls out a weapon with an impossibly long barrel, and when he fires all you hear is a quiet "pew pew."

Call it what you want, silencer or suppressor, it is there to make the gunshots quieter and to eliminate muzzle flash. Discharging a firearm without the repercussions of automatically notifying everyone within 100 yards is a pretty big advantage when you are trying to get away with something.

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If you want to buy a suppressor in the United States you have to pay a $200 tax, fill out an application, submit a background check, and wait for it to come back approved from the ATF. This approval can take months to receive.

Making A Long Barrel Into A Short Story

In Texas, we don't really like a lot of rules when it comes to guns and the parts or pieces that go into their operation. Lawmakers have been keeping their jobs in our state government by passing more and more lax gun laws.

The Texas Legislature Passed House Bill (HB) 957 aka the "Texas Suppressor Freedom Act" in 2021. The law allows Texans to ask the attorney general to get a court order for them to make and have homemade suppressors without registering them.

The ATF in turn warned Texans that the federal law still applies and that violators would still be subject to fines and possible jail time. In July of 2023, the first Texas appeal was shot down in federal court by Judge Mark Pittmann on a technicality, but now there is another appeal filed.

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The case is in the hands of the 5th Circuit District Court and it's possible Texas could win this appeal.

The Constitution's second amendment wasn't very specific in its right to bear arms, and it seems gun owners in Texas want it to stay that way.

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The 2nd amendment is very important for Texans. However, it's very possible Texas could follow other states and take guns away from certain law breaking citizens.

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Last year the TSA screened more than 858 million people, which works out to 7.8 firearms found per million passengers. Despite the rise in firearms found, the rate they were found was a drop from the 8.6 found per million passengers in 2022.


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