On Friday an engineer for the city of Virginia Beach, Virginia murdered 12 people and wounded two more in a city building. According to ABC News, the shooter used two legally purchased .45 handguns, at least one of which was equipped with a suppressor.
It isn’t yet clear how the shooter came by the suppressor(s) he used. From USA Today. . .
While authorities said the suspected shooter legally bought multiple firearms recently, they have not yet said how he got a suppressor.
Given that suppressors are highly regulated under the National Firearms Act, it shouldn’t be difficult to determine if the shooter bought the can(s) he used legally. Time will tell, but in either case, gun controllers and their willing accomplices in the media are hard at work attacking civilian suppressor ownership.
Democrat presidential candidate Seth Moulton suggests American’s freedoms should be limited based on need: “We should not have suppressors, you don’t need a suppressor, I mean that’s, that’s something like, you know, assassins need to use”pic.twitter.com/sGmOQz5Su6— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 2, 2019
This is also a big issue for those concerned about the Second Amendment and “Gun Grabbers” because since suppressors are regulated, this means that the serial numbers can be tracked. Which means when the US Government inevitably passes a ban on suppressors, these Red Flag laws will be much easier to enforce then previous bans, such as the ban on bump stocks that recently was passed.
Some right-wing and liberty-minded sheriffs have been refusing to enforce these laws as they feel they are unconstitutional. The only issue with that is as the bans continue to pass, it’ll become harder and harder for any law enforcement officer to avoid enforcing these laws.
It seems the killer was “effective” because he used a “gun suppressor (silencer). Don’t think those are a “God-given” 2A “right.” Time to make them harder to get. @MomsDemand https://t.co/NgHZVJQRAJhttps://t.co/1aIO38Dta7— Abbie Guttenberg Youkilis (@AbbieYoukilis) June 1, 2019
Silencers are used for preventing hearing damage. In fact, in a lot of cases, it’s crucial for preventing hearing damage.
“This killer planned it and had a distinct advantage with a silencer.”@NBCNews law enforcement expert Jim Cavanaugh on the Virginia Beach shooting suspect. pic.twitter.com/X8JYTOrapz— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 1, 2019
President Trump was asked about the use of suppressors as he left the White House for a trip to the UK.
As we are all aware, President Trump took a similarly dim view of bump fire stocks. And following the Las Vegas shooting, he directed the ATF to “take another look” at them. That resulted in the magical reclassification of bump stocks as machine guns.
The Hearing Protection Act, given the current makeup of Congress, is a dead letter. What more could the President or the ATF do to limit suppressor ownership?
While purchases of suppressors made under a firearms trust don’t require local chief law enforcement officer sign-off, that could easily be changed with a wave of the ATF’s regulatory wand. Many states have shall-sign laws in force now, but given the number of anti-2A CLEOs out there, that could be another setback.