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Weekly Wrap: IL Suppressor Ban Challenged & Texans Losing Guns in Boating Accidents

A lawsuit challenges Illinois' suppressor ban in federal court and Texas mourns the loss of guns and ammo lost in "boating accidents."

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Lawsuit Challenges IL Suppressor Ban in Federal Court

A lawsuit filed in federal court this week takes aim at the Illinois suppressor ownership ban, looking to overturn the state’s position.

Currently, Illinois prevents its residents from owning suppressors, but two Illinois men – with the help of Silencer Shop and the American Suppressor Association Foundation – are challenging the state’s law in court.

.30 Cal and 5.56 Suppressors
.30 Cal and 5.56 Suppressors

In the 17-page lawsuit, attorneys for the men argue that the ban is unconstitutional.

“The statutes, regulations, customs, policies, and practices related thereto, is an infringement and an impermissible burden on Plaintiffs’ right to keep and bear arms pursuant to the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution,” the suit says.

According to ATF data, there are over 2.6 million registered suppressors in the U.S., with many suppressor owners using the devices for hunting and protecting hearing while target shooting.  

FN 509 Tactical Suppressor
FN 509 Tactical with suppressor

“Suppressors offer critical hearing protection, reduce recoil, and improve accuracy,” Chris Boeck, General Counsel at Silencer Shop and a Director with ASA, said in a press release.

“They facilitate communication and situational awareness while hunting, at the range, and during urgent moments of self-defense. They make firearms safer.”

He added, “We’re optimistic the courts will agree with our interpretation and extend the right to own suppressors to the people of Illinois.”

West Virginia Gov. Okays Campus Carry Bill

This week, West Virginia’s Governor Jim Justice signed a measure that will allow guns on college campuses starting July 1.

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The Campus Self-Defense Act, also known as SB 10, allows individuals with a valid concealed carry permit to carry pistols or revolvers on campus and in campus buildings.

That said, there are places on campus that higher education institutions are still permitted to regulate, including sports venues, daycares, health facilities, and residence halls.

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Gov. Jim Justice signs the Campus Self-Defense Act. (Photo: Governor’s Office)

Gov. Justice was joined at the signing of the bill by members of the National Rifle Association who backed the bill.   

“I’m proud to sign the Campus Self-Defense Act which will strengthen 2nd Amendment protections in West Virginia,” Gov. Justice said in a press release.

TX Lawmaker Notifies Feds of “Tragic Loss of Guns in Boating Accidents”

Republican lawmaker Bryan Slaton filed a resolution last week notifying federal legislators that Texas gun owners have seemingly lost their guns and ammo in boating accidents.

HCR 54 notes the “tragic loss of firearms, accessories, and ammunition of all private gun owners in Hunt, Hopkins, and Van Zandt Counties, and possibly other counties, in a series of alleged boating accidents.”

The measure is a satirical nod at the I lost my guns in a boating accident meme.

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(Want to learn more about this meme’s origin? Read up on it in our article.)

Rep. Slaton pointed to “recent attacks on the 2A by Joe Biden” as the reasoning behind the resolution and also gave his condolences to constituents who have lost their guns.

Miss the Guns Boating Accident Meme

“I am deeply sorry for the citizens of House District 2 for their alleged loss,” Slaton said.

“I join my constituents in their alleged mourning, and I encourage all of my colleagues in the Legislature to investigate if there was a similar alleged series of accidents in their districts, and inform the Federal Government of the same, by adding their counties to this resolution so that we do not add insult to injury.”

Brownells Gun Room Giveaway Offers $12,000 in Prizes

Gun retailer Brownells recently launched an updated website and, along with it, introduced a gun room giveaway stocked with guns and gear.

First place walks away with a bunch of guns and gear totaling $12,000.

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What you stand to win…

Second place gets a $1,000 Brownells gift card, and third place receives a $500 gift card.

To enter, head to the Brownells Gun Room Giveaway page, which will walk you through the process. The contest ends on Sunday, May 5, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

In addition to the giveaway, Brownells says there will be promotions and deals on products from Magpul, Leupold, Smith & Wesson, Federal, Hornady, Vortex, and others.

What do you think of the headlines above? Let us know in the comments. Also, catch up on other Weekly Wraps or news in our News Category.

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3 Leave a Reply

  • Commenter Avatar

    Hopefully IL reverses the Suppressor ban

    March 7, 2023 9:30 am
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    Love the article, keep ‘em coming, thanks Jacki

    March 6, 2023 7:33 pm
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    Chuck Cochran

    Maybe it's because I'm old, grouchy and know my time is coming, but I'm tired of the attacks on the 2nd. I'm tired if the never ending lawsuits to keep them from Infringing any more on what should never have been Infringed upon in the first place, but I'm ready to take a stand, and tell ATF and Congress to FAFO.

    March 5, 2023 10:28 pm
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