House passes HB 234 (Allow Noise Suppressors While Hunting) [UPDATE: Vote Tallies]
HB 234 sponsored by Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City), a bill that seeks to allow a person to use a noise suppressor attached to a gun while hunting game birds or wild quadrupeds, has passed the Ohio House with a 76-15 vote, and will now be forwarded to the Ohio Senate for consideration.
Buckeye Firearms Association has previously provided testimony in support of the bill.
The use of suppressors while hunting is rapidly growing in the United States. Over thirty states allow the use of suppressors for some form of hunting, with most allowing them for all types of hunting. All states contiguous to Ohio, except Michigan, allow the use of suppressors for all types of hunting. Indiana passed their bill earlier this year.
The use of suppressors will greatly benefit predator and varmint, coyote and groundhog, hunters. Coyote hunting is primarily done in the early morning, late evening or even into the night. The use of suppressors will not only offer hearing protection for the hunter but allow him/her to be a good neighbor. Trappers may find suppressors a useful tool. They often trap close to developed areas or where streams run along a roadway. Should they be required to dispatch an animal, they can do so using a suppressor-equipped firearm quickly and in an environmentally-friendly way.
The use of suppressors while hunting is a valuable tool as an aid in hearing protection and being a good neighbor. It is making another safety tool available to hunters, and we encourage supporters to contact their state senators and encourage them to vote yes on HB 234.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor.
HOUSE VOTE TALLIES
Please call your Representative and thank them for their vote in support of H.B. 234 this week.
House Bill 234
The question being, "Shall the bill pass?"
The yeas and nays were taken and resulted - yeas 76, nays 15, as follows:
Those who voted in the affirmative were: Representatives
Those who voted in the negative were: Representatives
The bill passed.