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Gun Suppressors Stay Contentious

Posted on the 02 April 2015 by Mikeb302000
SC Times
Director Heather Martens of Protect Minnesota said the lack of suppressor appearances in crimes is due to the prohibition.
"The more available silencers become, the more they are likely to be used in crime," she said in an email.
In 2007, Alaskan lawyer Paul A. Clark wrote in Western Criminology Review: "One might conclude that if silencers were more common their use in crime would also increase, but there is no real way to tell."
"Since one can effectively muffle a firearm by doing nothing more than wrapping it in a towel it is unlikely that laws banning professionally manufactured (or home-made) silencers are likely to have any real effect on crime," he wrote.
Howe said would-be troublemakers would use "some backyard method" to suppress the sound of a gun.

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