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Ohio House passes bill allowing hunters to use silencers
A bill passed by the Ohio House would allow hunters to use silencers. 28 other states also allow silencers.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Ohio is on its way to becoming the 29th state to allow hunters to use noise suppressors or silencers while in the field or the woods. The Ohio House passed the measure Wednesday. It’s similar to legislation in four of the five states that touch Ohio. Its Republican sponsor, Cheryl Grossman of the Columbus suburb of Grove City, says it’s about preserving the hearing of hunters.
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"Suppressors are very similar to car mufflers and simply help to lessen the sound of muzzle blast only," Grossman said. "Suppressors are a valuable asset to preventing noise-induced hearing loss. It is not unique to hear of hunters who require the use of hearing aids as the result of exposure to shooting."

She says while silencers do lessen the sound for surrounding homes, the gunshot sounds are only reduced by 15-20 decibels, so they’ll still be loud enough for people who aren’t hunting to hear. Grossman also said Ohio hunters who want silencers must undergo a background check, pay a $200 tax and sit out the 8-12 month waiting period. The bill now goes on to the Senate.
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