A bill has been introduced in Congress that would eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers. Anyone buying a silencer from a licensed gun dealer will still be required to pass a background check. But 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty says the bill opens silencers up to the internet and gun show loophole.
Any person who pays a transfer tax on a silencer after January 9th 2017, may receive a refund. The bill also amends the federal criminal code to preempt state or local laws that tax or regulate firearm silencers. Esty notes that the fees are used to support the background check system.
900,000 silencers have been sold in the United States under the current system.
Gun rights advocates say silencers are a safety device since they reduce the noise associated with firing many firearms.