A new bill introduced Friday would allow Vermont gun owners to use silencers.
Vermont currently bans the manufacture, sale, use or possession of gun suppressors. The bill would not allow their use while hunting.
Rep. Pat Brennan says silencers would not eliminate the need for ear protection while shooting, but may make target practice quieter for neighbors.
"It doesn't muffle it to the point where you can't hear it, but it certainly wouldn't hurt the arrangement between range owners and land owners," said Brennan, R-Colchester.
If the measure does become law, gun owners would still need to apply for a $200 federal permit in order to use a silencer. The application process requires fingerprinting and typically takes 6-8 months to complete in neighboring New Hampshire, where they're already permitted.
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