A pro-NRA gun-silencer bill is advancing in Congress according to Politico. The Republican bill undoes key provisions of the 1934 National Firearms Act.
Under the 1934 National Firearms Act, silencers are treated similarly to machine guns and explosives. The waiting time to purchase one is far longer than for handguns or other weapons — as much as nine months or more — and buyers have to submit fingerprints and a photograph. Federal law enforcement agencies keep a record of silencer purchases. There is also a $200 transfer tax on silencers. Duncan’s proposal would eliminate those requirements, as well as refund the transfer tax to anyone who has purchased a silencer since October 2015.