Lawmaker seeks to muffle ban on silencers for hunting
by Staff Report
RALEIGH — Hunting would become a quieter process under a bill introduced in the N.C. General Assembly by the senator who represents Surry County.
Senate Bill 201 would allow hunting with silencers in North Carolina, a practice now banned. The measure introduced last week by Sen. Shirley Randleman would lift the ban on people using those devices to deaden the sound of guns.
“Even with the use of ear protection, many longtime hunters suffer hearing loss over time from firing their rifles,” Randleman said in a statement. “Silencers do not completely quiet the sound of rifle fire, but when combined with ear protection the noise is reduced to a safer level.”
Benefiting hunters is not the only motivation behind the bill filed by Randleman, a Republican from Wilkes County who is occupying the N.C. Senate seat formerly held by the late Don East of Pilot Mountain.
Allowing the use of silencers also will help preserve the tranquility of hunting areas, according to Randleman, and should reduce the number of noise complaints to police.
The N.C. Wildlife Commission has reviewed the proposal and supports the change, according to Randleman.
Bill On Defendants
Randleman also reported that a measure she had introduced earlier in the General Assembly session is progressing through legislative channels.
Senate Bill 45 is designed to improve the way the judicial system deals with defendants who have been found incapable to proceed.
The proposal contains amendments that would expedite the process to both allow the defendants their day in court and bring closure to victims.
SB 45 was approved by a Senate judiciary committee last week and passed unanimously in the Senate.
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