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Reducing noise at WA rifle ranges. (more stupid drama)

Discussion in 'NFA Weapon Discussion' started by Ranb, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    I wrote to Representative Fred Finn about the illegalities of reducing noise at a rifle range. Finn wrote to others for advice and got some. I got a reply back that said in part;

    They also mentioned that the Feds might have some kind of prohibition on non-portable suppressors. I have never heard of any such thing, but Federal law is vague when it comes to defining what a silencer is other than something that reduces the noise of a firearm. Finn wants me to write to the ATF and get their position on the matter before he meets with me.

    He gave me the following address;

    Seattle Field Division
    915 2nd Avenue, Room 790
    Seattle, Washington 98174

    I have written here in the past;

    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
    Firearms Technology Branch
    244 Needy Road
    Martinsburg, West Virginia 25405 USA

    Ranb
     
  2. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Thanks for posting the ongoing updates to your efforts. :thumbup:
     
  3. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    putting foam insulation on the walls of an indoor range is a "gross misdemeanor," apparently.

    good work.. keep it up

    when you're done with suppressors and SBRs, try to get the retaaaarded knife laws loosened up, por favor. i'm on my way to washington for a training event, and i not only had to build a new M4 to comply with the laws, but i just realized my knife is verboten as well..

    i'm gonna be 100% unarmed until i get to the facility.
     
  4. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    Since noise is a local issue (WA gun owners in this case), it would be a good idea to contact your county commissioners to get their opinion on the matter and see if they are willing to support changing the law. This support has to be more tangible than telling you that they support the use of devices that reduce noise. They need to write letters to the state legislature telling them of the problems with the noise and ways to eliminate it other than prohibiting the use of firearms.

    Ranb
     
  5. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    That's just nuts Randy. :huh:

    It does make me think that HB1604 should perhaps be deleted to just remove any reference to suppressors from the RCW rather than just making them 'legally possessed' by fed law. The 'any device' is too broad.

    Otherwise any range with berms, airlocks or sound insulation is technically breaking the law, and those aren't licensed under fed law as you have pointed out.