Suppressors for Safety PSA (VIDEO)

Chris Cheng
by Chris Cheng

Did you know that civilians can own suppressors, also known as silencers, in 41 U.S. states? Thanks to the efforts of the American Suppressor Association and its industry partners over the past few years, we’ve seen more states adopt legislation legalizing civilian ownership of silencers. Suppressors for safety has been a core talking point.

In this PSA sponsored by SureFire, I was invited to the SureFire Institute where I hosted a PSA with Mitchell McAlister (Australian Special Forces) and Jason Davis (Arcadia Police Department) to promote the civilian, military, and law enforcement use of suppressors as safety devices.

If you’re interested in learning more about civilian suppressor ownership, check out the PSA below as well as the American Suppressor Association and its members.

Here’s the full PSA video:

Chris Cheng
Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel's Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of "Shoot to Win," a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon

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  • RICH RICH on Sep 24, 2015

    Great and informative video Chris. I retired after 30 years in Law Enforcement and can definately attest to the positive aspect of suppressors. As with Mitch I also suffer from tinitus as well as a 10% loss in hearing. Muffs work well on the range but when involved in a 'live fire' incident in an enclosed space all it takes is one incident to permanently damage your hearing. The 'ringing' that you experiance from tinitus is unimaginable, especially when you are trying to go to sleep or if there is a lack of background noise ! ! I currently own 3 suppressors as well as a Ruger 10/22 with a YHM suppressed barrel.... they are all a pleasure to shoot ! !
    Keep up the good work, Chris...... !

    • Iksnilol Iksnilol on Oct 03, 2015

      @RICH Preach it! I'm not a soldier or anything but I have mild tinnitus from weddings and other various gunfire. I am okay though, can still sleep without a fan on but I can't handle a quiet library.

  • Tom Currie Tom Currie on Sep 24, 2015

    Yes, suppressors ought to be the first part of the NFA to attack via congress (irrespective of attacking the entire NFA in the courts). Suppressors are not firearms. They have very little usefulness for a criminal (and it is easier to suppress the sound of a gunshot with various improvised devices than to walk around with a suppressor on the end of a firearm) and perhaps most importantly, reducing the sound of a gunshot is a SAFETY issue. Hell, if OSHA took an honest look at police and armed security officers, they would all be required to use suppressors because they cannot generally use hearing protection if they have to shoot 'on the job'.

    Some countries have much stricter limitations on firearms than the US, but strongly encourage the use of suppressors due to the health benefits for shooters and the advantages of reduced noise for the public.