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Bill would allow hunting with silencers in Montana

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Feb 07 2013 08:18:02 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 07 2013 08:25:22 PM MST
Bill would allow hunting with silencers in Montana

Krayton Kerns

HELENA, Mont. -

Lawmakers in Helena are considering a bill that would allow hunters to use silencers on their guns. Silencers, also known as suppressors are used to make gun shots quieter.

Right now, hunters aren’t allowed to use silencers on their guns while hunting, and are cited if caught. Opponents of the bill say using a silencer is not sportsmanlike and unsafe, especially if others are in the area.

Supporters, however, say silencers can help prevent hearing loss.

“Hollywood has kind of demonized [suppressors], thinking they’re an assassin’s tool or whatever. They’re a safety device,” said Scott Hansen, Manager at Frontier Guns and Ammo in Kalispell.

Krayton Kerns (R-Laurel) is the primary sponsor of the bill. The text of the current draft can be read here.