Contrary to many media reports thousands of hunters won’t be taking to the Kansas woods and wetlands this fall carrying silencers on their shotguns and rifles.
The legislature has passed a bill that would allow the use of suppressors on hunting guns to those who are properly licensed to have them in their possession.
First, they’re suppressors, not silencers like you see on crime shows making no more noise than a kid shooting spit-wads when some bad guy pumps a clip of .45 slugs into some poor victim without waking the woman sleeping next to him.
Suppressors don’t make as much noise as a bare-muzzled gun but they’re far from silent.
Second, getting the federal permit to own a suppressor takes a lot of time, effort and money. It’s not like you can pick one up at Gander Mountain on your way out to western Kansas for a pheasant hunt.
Some see poaching and other crimes as the only reason for suppressors while some who have them say they shoot them to help protect their hearing or not to alarm others when they’re legally hunting near towns.
Federal wildlife control officers have requested the legalization of suppressors because quieting a rifle’s noise will make it easier to take multiple animals from one herd or location.