DSORe POLL s1013

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THIS WEEK’S POLL

032815_dsore_s1013_pollpicHunting with silencers in Wisconsin?

Outdoor News blogger Kristen Monroe wrote:

I think of a hardcore criminal on the big screen trying to kill their enemy in silence when I hear the word silencer, or suppressor. I certainly never thought about them in a positive light. Why would anyone consider using them for hunting?

It is legal to purchase and hunt with suppressors in Wisconsin, but owning a suppressor that is not properly registered and taxed is a felony. To my surprise, only a few states prohibit them. And two of them are our neighbors.

It is currently illegal to own a silencer in Minnesota and Illinois. Illinois is in the process of adopting a new law that may change things in the future. In Michigan, you can own suppressors, but not  for hunting. The process is the same for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) authorization; you must check with the state laws to see which state allows them and for what. Some states, like Michigan, only allow them for citizens’ personal use, while in South Dakota it is only legal to use them for varmint hunting.

I found the site for the American Suppressor Association to be very valuable, but I still made a call and spoke with the Wisconsin DNR to verify that it is legal to use them for hunting in this state. According to Knox Williams, president and executive director of the American Suppressor Association, the process to own one legally is the same in every state in which it is legal.

In Wisconsin, you can legally hunt and own a suppressor if the ATF gives authorization. YOU need the stamp if approval. A licensed dealer can also walk you through the process.

Giving poachers more tools to wipe the deer population certainly isn’t something I would ever support. Then again, if criminals are willing to poach I bet they already are.

A friend told me,  we can’t legislate based on what fear of what poachers or other law breakers might do. Williams explained several benefits that I had never thought about in the past.

READ MORE   http://www.outdoornews.com/February-2015/Hunting-with-silencers-in-Wisconsin/

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  1. Comment #3 | (NO) | Survey.Monkey
    I have heard all the arguments for and against. But the one resounding question for me is simply: ‘Why?’ It is not needed. As so many other additions to the outdoor experience, all this adds is unnecessary anxiety and grief; causes division; not worth the flack. Forget it and move on. We have much more important issue to deal with. Like having any lands to shoot game on at all..!
    3/29/2015 5:01 PM
    -Ed.

    Comment #2 | (UNDECIDED) | Survey.Monkey
    I could go either way. With crossbows being legal in Wisconsin, the thought of gun silencers don’t bother me. However, as long as the person owning the gun silencer obtained it legally and if some sort of back ground check was done, I guess I would be okay with it. With many of the hunting laws/rules being changed in order to hunt wildlife within city limits (Metro Areas), a gun silencer may actually help with hunter image. I’m sure there are folks within certain Metro Areas that don’t want to hear the sounds of gun fire near their homes. A silencer may prevent that. It could be a win-win situation for all.
    3/29/2015 10:48 AM
    -Ed.

    Comment #1 | (YES) | Survey.Monkey
    The concern about bad guys using suppressors is understandable, but unfounded. They don’t follow laws regardless. The ATF background check is extensive and usually takes around 6 months. Most criminals wouldn’t qualify nor want to pay the fee and comply with the regulations. A suppressor doesn’t “silence” gunfire, only significantly reduces it according to many variables.
    3/28/2015 11:15 AM
    -Ed.

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