Florida Legalizes Suppressors for Hunting

Suppressors provide additional hearing protection for hunters in the field.

Suppressors provide additional hearing protection for hunters, while lessening stress on game animals in the field.

On November 22, 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to remove the ban on the use of noise-suppressors rifles and pistols used while hunting. Florida was the only state in the Southeast to have such and ban and becomes the 33rd state to allow noise-suppressors for game hunting.

The law in Florida already allows hunters to use suppressors when hunting armadillos, feral hogs, and other game when on private land. The new change will expand the use of suppressors to deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail, and crows.

During the commission meeting, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff defended the proposal as a means to protect hunters’ hearing, improve in field communications among hunters, lessen the impact of hunting on others, and help introduce people to the sport.

SCI is thankful for all the SCI Florida members and the Fish and Wildlife Commission who helped remove the prohibition on the use of noise-suppressors with rifles and pistols. Learn more about the opportunity to expand hunting opportunities at American Suppressor Association http://www.americansuppressorassociation.com.

Concerns were expressed to the commission that lifting the ban would reduce safety and increase opportunities for illegal activities. Diane Eggeman, director of the agency’s Division of Hunting and Game Management, said wildlife officials from other states haven’t reported an increase in illegal activities as few hunters use suppressors because they are expensive and highly regulated.

Following the suppressor vote, the Commission also voted to authorize an Executive Order to lift the ban immediately and allow hunting with suppressors to being at once.

Following that vote, Executive Order # EO 14-32 was signed. Using suppressor-equipped rifles, pistols and shotguns is now legal for all hunting in Florida.

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