Ohio lawmakers advance local politician's bill allowing gun silencers while hunting

Full house vote expected soon

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A house committee has advanced a local politician's proposal to allow hunters to use silencers on their guns. 

In a 19-2 vote Tuesday, members of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted in favor of Ohio House Bill 234. The legislation could go for a full vote on the house floor as early as Wednesday, although a specific time has not yet been set. 

State Representatives John Becker (R-Union Township) and Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) introduced the bill in July after they were approached by hunters who claim to have hearing damage caused by their non-suppressed firearms.

“This bill only has to do with the hearing loss to hunters,” said Becker.

Bill opponents worry that hunters won’t be able to hear each other in the woods if they use a suppressor on their gun. They also worry that farmers won’t be warned if a poacher is on their land, and that silencers could be used by criminals to sneak around. 

To read more about the pros and cons of the Ohio legislation, read about a hearing expert's analysis of firearm suppressors and to hear the difference between a hunting rifle shot with a suppressor and a hunting rifle shot without,  subscribe to become a WCPO Insider. 

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