New Hampshire becomes the 40th state to legalize use of sound suppressors for hunting.
New Hampshire hunters will now have the option to hunt with a suppressor after a bill was signed into law last week.
Gov. Maggie Hassan signed House Bill 500 into law last Friday. It’s a measure that’s been three years in the making according to the American Suppressor Association. “We could not be more proud to have been part of the team that got this bill introduced, passed through both houses of legislature, and finally signed into law,” the ASA wrote on their website.
The ASA’s goal has long been to legalize the use of suppressors for hunting in all 50 states and this latest news brings them a step closer to their goal. New Hampshire is the 40th state to legalize the use of them. The bill was originally introduced by Republican Rep. John Burt, whom the ASA thanked for his support in the effort.
Suppressor use for hunting was not favored by many in the state, including New Hampshire’s wildlife officials. The ASA have thanked firearm manufacturer Sig Sauer, members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the New Hampshire Sportsmen’s Caucus for their efforts in making the new law a reality.
“We faced many obstacles along the way, including skeptical committee chairmen and Department of Fish and Game leadership, but in the end the logic in favor of allowing sportsmen and women to protect their hearing in the field prevailed,” the ASA wrote on their website.