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Criminal Use of Firearm Silencers (Western Criminology Review 2007)

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by meener777, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. meener777

    meener777 King County Active Member

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    "Abstract: Both the public and sentencing judges regard silenced firearms as more dangerous than ordinary unsi- lenced firearms, and the federal penalty for possession of a silenced firearm during crime is a 30-year mandatory minimum. The assumption that silenced firearms are more dangerous than ordinary firearms has never been em- pirically researched. This study examines federal and state court data to compile statistics on who is being pros- ecuted for possession of silencers and what crimes they are used to commit. This data indicates that both on the federal and state level those prosecuted for crimes involving silencers are far less likely to have a criminal record, and are far less likely to actively use their weapon than those people convicted using ordinary unsilenced firearms. The data indicates that use of silenced firearms in crime is a rare occurrence, and is a minor problem. Moreover, the legislative history of silencer statutes indicates that these provisions were adopted with little or no debate.
    The silencer penalty has been justified by a need to crack down on “professional criminals” or to punish people using “dangerous weapons.” The evidence suggests that 30-year minimum sentences make no sense. Mandatory minimums should be repealed and sentencing judges permitted to treat each case on an individualized basis."


    http://taurus45acp.com/files/clark.pdf
     
  2. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Too many James Bond movies.....I mean seriously? Most civilians have never even seen or heard a suppressor in real life. How many "professional criminals" use a $1000 suppressor threaded on to their $150 Hi-Point to knock off a 7-11?
     
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  3. Provincial

    Provincial Near Salem, OR Well-Known Member

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    Because of the entertainment industry, the general public believes that silencers are used by professional hit men, hence the long mandatory sentences to keep them off the streets. Of course, the movies and TV show silencers to be effective on revolvers, too. :laugh:
     
  4. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Think outside the box, I can make one for under $10, not all are Gov. approved. Plenty of videos out there to show you how to make one. Only the law abiding pay to get the Gov. approval to have one.
     
  5. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I was being completely sarcastic. I realize there are several YouTube videos on the subject.....I just don't think suppressors are very popular with the criminal crowd, but you get my point.
     
  6. chrisk86

    chrisk86 Spokane Member

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    What criminal uses a suppressor, I would think they would all get stuck in their big baggy pants
     
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    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    That file is an excellent source of information. I used it extensively in 2010-2011 when I was talking to our legislators about HB 1604 and HB 1016 (silencer use bill) in an attempt (successful after 3 years) to make silencer use legal in WA. I had a few minor nitpicks (like calling tax stamps permits/licenses) but overall it is very nice.

    Ranb
     
  8. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    You would think all the people that gripe about noise would be thankful for some suppression.
    Anti's would never admit anything positive about anything firearms related.
     
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